Two soldiers encounter Taliban fighters near a small school house in a war torn Afghan village, in an attempt to save the hostages, Soldier Tuffton Sheperd (Tuff) is captured and tortured in front of the hostages. TUFF witnesses the execution of the adults, before breaking free, killing his captors and fleeing with the children. These events lead Tuff’s superiors to question his judgement in not calling on support.
Removed from duty Tuff is sent home. Finding himself in an unfamiliar rural hometown, Tuff struggles to fit in and find work. He then connects with his son’s new school pricipal, Jack Decklin. Although friendly at first, the two men find themselves clashing over the schools teaching materials assigned to his son Eric. Confronting the school board, things gets heated and Tuff finds himself placed under arrest.
Meanwhile, Pricipal Decklin insists Tuff is a dangerous parent and pushing to have Tuff’s children taken from their home. Lawyer/Public Defendant Kyle Laceman is assigned to Tuff’s case, realizing he is an old high school acquaintance. Kyle interviews Tuff and wrestles with the question of defending a man with world views that are different from his own. Feeling out of options, Tuff escapes to retrieve his family, making him the target of a manhunt.