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When he was nine, Kip set another child on fire. Institutionalized for the next several years, Kip gains a reputation at the juvenile treatment facility, not only for killing another kid but also for being angry enough to snap at a moment's notice. With the help of a patient, wise therapist and the enduring love of his father, Kip does eventually get better and is released, ready for a new start. But in order to find one, he's going to have to change his name and move to another state. So Kip, his dad and his new stepmom pack up and move to Indiana, where Kip becomes ‘Wade Madison’. Indiana, with its ‘corn-fed’ football players, shopping malls and house parties, seems a world away from his old hometown in Alaska. Surely, Wade is now far enough away to be able to move past his dark secret. But Wade hasn't counted on the power of the ‘hungry ghost’, as his old therapist calls the hunger for false comforts that bring only temporary relief. Fueled by booze, anger and that old fear of the truth, Wade finds popularity and success only to jeopardise it all with a huge mistake.