The author pulls the reader into the mind of Joshua Downing, who at age seventeen is plotting the murder of his father. Walking in the shadows of the most evil man he could imagine, can Joshua overcome the darker side of himself, his father's son?
At the breakfast table, Mary Ellen Downing tells her son Joshua. "I truely believe that someday you will be a writer, but this is not Walton's mountain. You are not John Boy and all is not well with you, your father and this family." In the deeper recesses of his heart, Joshua knew she was right on the money with her mother's intuition. And yet, even she didn't know the extent of the evil to come.
Sergeant Mills could smell the danger and even likened it to that of the Columbine school shooting. Lisa, Joshua's first love, held the evil secret that was sure to put him over the edge. Meanwhile, Joshua, at seventeen and a popular athlete at Freeport High, is plotting the murder of his father.
His anger visibly growing. "I will not surrender to that man. I will not allow him or anyone else to do my thinking for me." He quickly stood up and leaped off the steps onto the ground. With his back to Lisa and his fist clenched out in front of him, he screamed. "I AM! I AM! I AM!"