After a tough childhood growing up in a small Michigan town, Mark Welch decides to join the US Army. It's the 1970s, in the midst of the Cold War, but Mark is ready to experience more of the world. He finds himself stationed in Germany, where he makes friends with a variety of people-some who are good, and some who may take him down a dangerous path.
Fellow soldier Jacob Multer is a strong Christian, while Mark's new roommate, Kurt Talagan, has been around the block more than once. Kurt gives Mark his first taste of smoking dope, and it's a move that sends Mark's life spiraling out of control. Jacob sees the destruction happening and wants to help, but he doesn't know how-other than praying for Mark. Unfortunately, Mark moves deeper into a world of addiction and confusion.
When Mark sustains severe injuries after a drunken fall, the army finds out about his drug use and forces him to start seeing a counselor. But his demons are larger than he thought, and he can't quit the lifestyle he's grown accustomed to. It's only when he reconnects with Jacob again that he hears the powerful message of the Gospel and comes to understand that Jesus may be the answer to escaping his messed up life.