Winston Jerrett is a solid citizen. He's a successful, hardworking history teacher. All his students love and respect him. In fact, he is highly respected wherever he goes. He and his gorgeous, intelligent wife live in Pineville, a small town in northwestern Montana, a secluded paradise. Their life is a fairy tale. What could possibly go wrong? Short answer: Everything.
On a pleasant autumn day, the police come into his classroom and arrest him. The charge is drug trafficking. It doesn't matter that he has never touched an illegal drug in his life. His claim that it's all a mistake falls on deaf ears and he finds himself in the system, with no way out. His lawyer is incompetent, the overzealous district attorney throws the book at him and the prison inmates try to kill him. When it looks like all hope is lost, a perfect stranger comes up with a startling solution, one that will change Win's life forever.