The Orange County, California, that the Becker brothers knew as
boys is no more-unrecognizably altered since the afternoon in 1954
when Nick, Clay, David, and Andy rumbled with the lowlife Vonns,
while five-year-old Janelle Vonn watched from the sidelines. The
new decade has ushered in the era of Johnson, hippies, John
Birchers, and LSD. Clay becomes a casualty of a far-off jungle war.
Nick becomes a cop, Andy a reporter, David a minister. And a
terrible crime touches them all in ways they could never have
anticipated when the mutilated corpse of teenage beauty queen
Janelle Vonn is discovered in an abandoned warehouse.