Ivy Seidel dreams of becoming a writer, a great American novelist. But running low on money and concerned that her writing might lack a depth and darkness, she takes a job teaching creative writing- at a maximum-security prison. It is a world she has never experienced before, one ruled by enigmatic codes of honor, ceaseless aggression and absolutely savage violence.
In the span of just a few days, Ivys life will be completely turned upside down. What begins as a inquiry into one mans innocence may explode into a love affair, and what begins as an obsession to save one mans life might just end up costing Ivy her own.