Josh Taylor and his mother have been abused for seven years; Fred Gibson, Josh’s step-father, ruled the house with intimidation and cruelty. She realizes the only way to save them both is to escape to family in Florida. Running away however, wouldn’t be the end of Fred. He didn’t like things taken from him, even if he didn’t want them.
When they left, Josh brought with him two things that had belonged to his birth father: a math book and a chess set. One will help him grow into the young man he always wanted to be, the other will bring Fred’s rage and fury pouring back into his life.