"Hatred in the name of God," Mad says, explaining to Hannah why bullet
holes puncture the farmhouse home of a group of lesbians. Despite
the racist murder of one of her favorite students, Jewish teacher
Hannah Turnfeld still believes any kid, no matter how lost, can
be redeemed. Fil Childs, a young black man who tracks hate groups
because he fears their burgeoning power, wonders if unloved eleven-year-olds,
already, are too far gone.
Fil and Hannah meet when she stands up to three skinheads intimidating
a frail old man at the trial of neo-Nazi boss, Robert Hanson.
This is the way the Holocaust started, her grandmother had told
her, picking us off one by one, allowing the Nazis to grow bolder.
But the trio's leader, Billy the Kid, turns on Hannah, and Fil
intervenes, sending Billy into a rage. The revenge he craves will
materialize when their paths cross again in remote rural Oregon.
As his fury mounts more lives will become endangered, including
the lives of Hannah's young nieces.
In this riveting thriller, award winning writer Alan Siporin probes
the dark underbelly of racist and homophobic hate in the Pacific
Northwest, providing a terrifying peek into the troubled souls
of angry young skinheads, the people they prey on, and the neo-Nazi
leaders who prey on these alienated youth. It's a fast-paced ride
from urban to rural Oregon where people, good and bad, are tested
by the forces of hate. Beneath the mounting tension, they must
confront their doubts of involvement and isolation, and question
how they keep their own children from going astray