Institutionalised due to madness after witnessing horrific acts in combat, Frank Bower meets Max, a man that is to be his saviour.
Injured whilst fighting in the Vietnam War, Frank Bower is sent to hospital for recovery on extensive wounds to both his legs. While there, Frank, seemingly out of his luck and falling quickly down a track of depression, meets Max, an optimistic and energetic young man who boosts up his morale, introducing him to the idea that life is worth living. The pair of men begin to share each other’s life experiences and come to realise they have much more in common than they both would ever have realised.
Five years later Frank finds himself inside a state psychiatric hospital due to his recent suicide attempt, where he reunites once again with Max, the man he had previously met those five years ago in a Vietnam hospital. Both men find themselves helping each other through their problems, comforting each other not only with the difficulties that state institutionalism brings, but also the hardship of life in general.