Aaron has a bully. Every day, after school, a boy named Joshua Burroughs beats him up. He can't run from it and he can't make it stop. When Aaron sees Joshua come to school bearing his own bruises, he tries to befriend the bully and from there things only get much worse. He is sent to a clinic for boys who have suffered extreme trauma, where he examines the lives of everyone around him in order to prove to himself that everyone is afraid of something, and that he is not alone.