In the aftermath of Tim and Hect's escapades in the first book, "There Is a Generation," the two boys took different paths. Hect disappeared into the Mexican desert, last seen heading for a mysterious location known ominously as the "Camp." Tim returned home to find his mother dismayed with her son's recent antics and ready to teach him a lesson of a lifetime. Only, what's to be done with a willful rebel in 1950s West Texas? Why not do what other frustrated parents do with their bad seeds and ship him off to the George S. Patton Military Academy? Maybe those World War II hardened instructors can teach the mischief-maker some discipline. The idea sounds abhorrent to Tim, however, who decides it's time to skip town, head to Juarez, Mexico where he had last seen Hect, and rescue his best buddy. Unknown to Tim, however, Hect has been shanghaied by a cult militia and indoctrinated. He now despises those born rich, including his onetime best friend. As Tim and Hect wind up butting ideological heads, the two boys are forced by the militia to take part in a dangerous mission, one which will see them coping with a delusional psychopath, a desert wasteland, and a hostile Mexican army. Chances are they both will wind up dead. Maybe spending a few years at the George S. Patton military school hadn't been such a bad idea after all.