A troubled teen on the verge of manhood if forced to fend for himself when, on his 18th birthday, he is estranged from his family and effectively rendered homeless in a soul-searching drama starring Alan Cumming, Ian McKellen, and Brendan Fletcher. Alone on the streets and uncertain what to do with his life, Pip Andrews seeks the guidance of a kindly local priest by day while listening to a tape made by his grandfather Jason (McKellen) at night. Compelled by the tense tales of being trapped behind enemy lines in the heat of battle, Jason finds that his experiences on the streets soon begin to mirror the experiences of his grandfather on the battlefield as his quest for redemption leads him down the uncertain but adventurous road to self-discovery. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
From the point of view of the 18-year-old protagonist, Kip, the film depicts his own internal struggles to come to terms with the harsh realities of his past and through them to explore the demons that beset the lives of his family, companions, and finally his lover, Jenny. Kip's friends include gay and apparently bisexual people, who play a significant role in his life. The plot is interwoven in a complex but easily comprehensible manner, and spans three generations of his family. It is moving in its sentiments and wise in its revelations.