Chris Vaughn is a retired U.S. Special Forces soldier who has returned to his hometown to renew old relationships and make a new life for himself. But while Chris was away, his boyhood town wasted away to a dilapidated, crime-ridden shell of itself. His wealthy high school rival, Jay Hamilton, has closed the once-prosperous lumber mill, once the area's largest employer, and has turned the town's resources toward criminal gains. The place Chris grew up is now overrun with crime, drugs and violence. Enlisting the help of his old pal Ray Templeton, Chris gets elected sheriff and vows to shut down Hamilton's operations. His actions endanger his family and threaten his life, but Chris refuses to back down until his hometown once again feels like home. Chris Vaughn won't talk softly any longer -- and he carries a very big stick.