His life spins out of control and is slammed with an arrest and several felony charges. Rescued by his parents, he is forced to drop out of school as he moves back to the suburbs to sober up.
Appearing to be, "scared straight," he heads back to Los Angeles nearly a year later to finish school and get on with life, only to fall into the same trap, yet again. Realizing that there may be deeper forces at work, he yearns for a way out.
At a chance meeting on campus, he has an unlikely encounter with a Chassidic rabbi who invites him to a weekly Shabbat dinner. Ethnically Jewish but otherwise nonpracticing, Jack meets an ex-IDF soldier. Upon hearing dramatic tales of military missions, he begins the journey necessary to immigrate to Israel.
But it is not an easy thing to pick up and leave your family, your friends and your home country of twenty two years. Along the way he is faced with struggles that test his sanity and determination to lead a better life.
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