Sam leaps into the body of Tommy York, a cadet at Prescott Naval College in 1964. Tommy is a superb athlete and will be the valedictorian at the upcoming graduation. Al tells Sam that Tommy's former roommate, ex-cadet Philip Ashcroft, will be found dead in two days time. Ashcroft was expelled from Prescott because he was a homosexual but Sam learns there is a small group of cadets, known as the Chain gang, who are praying on gay men in the community. As rumors spread that Tommy is also gay, Sam and Al race to ensure Philip survives. Written by
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[after Phillip has prepared to hang himself because he is gay, the Coach tries to talk him out of it
You're not alone, Phillip. I know about the guilt - the shame, the fear. I spent my whole life that way. Wondering why I had to be different. Hoping that it'd just pass. Well, it's okay to be different. And the only ones we have to be afraid of are ourselves. You and Tommy made me realize that. You and I? Hey, we got nothing to be ashamed of. Now, come on down. We'll save the cops a lot of ...