A teenage farm boy looking for excitement finds himself on a collision course with his smooth-talking gang leader father in this powerfully disturbing tale based on the story of real-life killer Bruce Johnston. Oscar nominee Sean Penn and Oscar winner Christopher Walken star in this "hot, horrifying saga of an American criminal family. Juvenile delinquent Brad Whitewood, Jr (Penn) knows about petty theft, but he wants big money - enough to blow the lid off his boring life, enough to get out of town and to find his ol' man. He wants to be like his dad, a big-time thief, who knows the business. Seductive and sinister, Brad's father is full of toxic wisdom that makes his illicit life appear eerily sexy. But when Brad witnesses his father deliberately killing someone, he realizes he may not only be in over his head... he may also lose it for good.