Kyle LeBlanc is an American working overseas in Magnitogorsk, Russia. When he hears his wife being attacked over the phone, Kyle rushes home, but is too late to save her. Sergio Kovic, the man who killed his wife, buys the judge and is found not guilty for lack of evidence. Kyle takes the law into his own hands and kills Kovic, and for this, he is sentenced to life in prison without parole. He soon befriends inmate Billy Cooper, a 21-year-old American who is subjected to constant rape and beatings by prison inmates with the assistance of the guards, and Malakai, a prisoner who uses a wheelchair and claims to know the ins and outs of prison life.