A young man who has lived throughout his childhood in the U.S. and has no memory of life in any other country is approached by a Marine recruiter. He is given to understand that if he signs up for military service, he will become a “real American.”
Wishing to leave behind the stigma of being undocumented, he signs on the dotted line and takes an oath swearing allegiance to the United States, and to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. After a few months training, he is deployed to Afghanistan. He takes some shrapnel when a bomb explodes near his encampment.
His tour of duty over, he returns home and attempts to resume civilian life, fighting the demons of PTSD. He marries and fathers a son.
After an evening of drinking, he becomes embroiled in a fight. Falling back on his violence training in the military, he physically attacks his opponent. The police arrive, he’s taken into custody, and charged with assault and battery.