Four students drag a black student through the woods. They hang a noose on a barren tree and lynch him. It is October 2008. Downtown, Detective Haven and FBI Agent Long interrogate four students about the lynching. In the backdrop of the presidential election, a group of college students find themselves embroiled in violence. What began as isolated incidents of nooses hung on campus escalates into blatantly racist fraternity parties and, ultimately, a series of racially-instigated murders.