Drifter Rick Hendrickson has a secret, one he’s tried to keep even from himself as he moves along the spine of California’s great midsection, working as a migrant field hand. Unconsciously running from memories of his youth, Rick has left California for Nevada, where he thinks he’ll find work.
Tony Grazzo has just graduated from Nevada U with a Poli Sci degree. A would-be law student, he suddenly finds himself back in his hometown of Noble, Nevada to attend his mom’s funeral and to look after his grief-filled father. He’s gladly left behind a smothering girlfriend who’s become dependent on him, all the while she’s shut out every friend Tony has tried to keep.
One night in a seedy bar, Rick and Tony meet.
Their affair is fast and unrestrained, in spite of Tony’s awkward naivete and Rick’s shrouded history. Both men begin to plan a future together. But their pasts return to shatter their dreams. How can these two men find happiness, when steel bars and the prison of anguished memories separate them?
If love hurt this bad, can it also heal?