Days after 9/11, Mark Stroman, a troubled, violent Texan, took revenge by going on a rampage to "kill Arabs." Instead he shot an Indian, a Bangladeshi, and a Packistani, and only one survived. The author follows the lives of the perpetrator and the survivor, focusing on the early lives of both and what led them to that fateful moment in a Dallas convenience store. Although Stroman can be seen as a racist monster for his senseless crimes, it is hard not to feel sympathy after reading about his difficult childhood. His victim, Rais, is left for dead, his American dream turned nightmare, but he survives, and though left with permanent vision loss and physical and emotional scars, he begins to rebuild his life. The book traces Stroman's case as it goes through the courts. He receives a death sentence, and begins corresponding with various people worldwide who oppose capital punishment. It's difficult to tell if Stroman is really reformed or simply trying to save himself, but even Rais is moved by his plight and vows to try and save him. He begins a campaign to aid Stroman, and his ability to forgive is truly remarkable.