Pip is a young street kid trying to deal with life in the big city. On his eighteenth birthday he receives a tape of his grandfather's World War II memoirs which awakens the ghosts of a long lost time and place. His grandfather graphically narrates the story of the day he turned eighteen, fleeing German forces through the woods of France with a dying comrade hanging on for life. Soon Pip finds that his own contemporary life story is beginning to parallel that of his grandfathers. He stumbles into an unlikely alliance with Clark, a gay street hustler on the make, and Jenny, an aspiring social worker who tempts him emotionally. He also forges a relationship with a local priest, in whom he confides his deepest, darkest secrets: the death of his brother and the heinous act his father committed against him before his demise. Generations apart but both lost in their own environments at eighteen years of age, Pip and his grandfather have a supernatural connection that surpasses time itself.