Rusty Dotson is not too keen when his mother enrolls him in a private school. The residential academy for boys have a long history of turning troubled boys around many of whom have gone on to outstanding careers. Rusty is rebellious to say the least and doesn't fall into what everyone refers to as "the program". He finds another student who hasn't been brainwashed, Charlie Walters, and they learn that they have had computer chips implanted in their brains. When Rusty realizes the students are being programmed as killers, he is determined to stop them.
Two students discover an academy with an outstanding reputation for taming youthful rebellion is using brain implants to create political assassins.
- A young man aspiring to be in a band is sent to a boy's school that is famous for turning troubled teenagers into corporate up-and-comers. When he and another student discover that the boys are being transformed into puppets for political and economic espionage, he attempts a daring escape to reveal their plans and warn a targetted industry leader.