The politician gives the boy a difficult assignment. A public killing on the Fourth of July. In Vermont. Of a friend. Whom he really cares for.
This mission is of great political significance according to the politician and the boy can’t fail to complete it, because he will be assassinated if he does.
Faced with this impossible choice, the boy procrastinates until circumstances make further delay impossible. Then he acts.
But the results are not what he expects.