Galesberg is a quiet, peaceful college town where nothing ever happens... until a brutal serial killer begins a terrifying campaign targeting local teens. The killer's signature is the horrible mutilation of the victims. As fear mounts, law enforcement officer John Brady is inexorably drawn to the high school's psychology department where he suspects he will find the killer. There is something sinister about the department's research program on behavioral control and Brady is determined to uncover it. His determination takes on a more desperate and personal nature when he finds his son has unwittingly become involved in the experiments.