Sixteen-year-old Jamie longs for an escape from the violence and hopelessness that surrounds him. His salvation arrives in the form of John, a charismatic man who unexpectedly comes to his aid. Jamie soon begins to take on some of John's traits and beliefs. The protection and guidance that John presents to Jamie is initially welcomed however as events occur around him, including the disappearance of several people, Jamie begins to harbor deep suspicions about John and his motivations. When the truth is finally revealed to Jamie his hopes of happiness are threatened by both his loyalty for, and fear of, his father-figure John Bunting, Australia's most notorious serial killer.