Bang! Guns really sound like that, you know.
Bang! And people bleed from everywhere, and blood is redder than you think.
And little kids look funny in caskets. Thatâ€™s â€™cause they ainâ€™t meant to be in one, I guess.
Mann is only thirteen, yet he has already had to deal with more than most go through in a lifetime. His family is still reeling from the tragic shooting death of his little brother, Jason, each person coping with grief in his or her own way. Mannâ€™s mother has stopped eating and is obsessed with preserving Jasonâ€™s memory, while his father is certain that presenting a hard edge is the only way to keep his remaining son from becoming a statistic. Mann used to paint and ride horseback, but now heâ€™s doing everything he can to escape his emotions: getting involved in fights at school, joyriding at midnight, and much worse. His father, at his witâ€™s end, does the only thing he thinks will teach his son how to be a man: he abandons him and his friend Kee-Lee in the woods, leaving them to navigate their way home, alone.Â
Â Now Mann, struggling to find his way back to civilization, must also reconcile himself to the realities of a world that has stolen his little brother, and that isnâ€™t even sure it still wants Mann in it. One wrong turn and it could all be over for him, too. Bang.