Grade school psychologist Ben Ellison is given a tough case in Johnnie, a vicious little juvenile delinquent, not yet a teenager. To gain his confidence, the doctor plays along with Johnnie's fantasies about planning an armed jewelry store robbery, that might include killing witnesses.
An army wife on a military base tries to solve differences between her young, sensitive son and his taciturn, brutal father. The relationships are tested when the older, soldier brother is killed near their home.
At a small California college, with a great job, fiancée and peer honors, everything is going Professor Brent's way until one day when an old man drops in, angry for stealing his identity years earlier, and demanding he expose this to everyone.