Mark Edge is a special forces soldier whose life has been dedicated to the military for years. He sleeps, eats and breathes war so when suddenly he is back in civilian life, everything is as daunting as when he first headed into combat. Thrown back into life where a gunshot is actually a car backfiring and where loud noises are not precursors for an invasion, Mark struggles to readjust to life with his family.
A sociopathic boy called Daz murders a friend in a disused quarry. Edge and Daz meet as adults as they both have designs on the same woman. And when Mark Edge doesn't think he can sink any lower, he is cited in a war crimes investigation for an incident in Iraq.
How will he cope with this last straw? What dark path will Daz lead him down? And what significance does a cat have with the whole tangled mess?