Two military police on routine patrol discover a young US marine, recently back from combat in the Gulf, digging a hole in the middle of the Mojave Desert. His car, parked near-by, contains the bloody body of his wife, and he is arrested for murder. The murdered wife's violated spirit patrols the air above the crime scene: damaged, angry, persecuting. The arresting officer, a female marine Captain, is emotionally frozen, haunted by the victim's spirit and ultimately powerless. The murderer, like unconscious violence, is seen from the back, or from a distance and is completely mute. Meanwhile, walking a thin line on top of the inner chaos, the controlling marines pace, back and forth, waiting for back-up. Condemned to travel endlessly within a callous, violent netherworld, the beleagured characters are locked within a destructive constellation which seems to hold no promise of redemption or release.