Ingrid has made a deal with her mother: she gets to go to the school of her choice as long as she completes a three-week wilderness programme.
But when Ingrid arrives, she quickly realizes there has been a terrible mistake: there will be no marshmallows or cabins here.
Instead, her group will embark on a torturous trek, with almost no guidance from the two counsellors and supplied with only the things they can carry.
On top of this, the other teen participants are "at risk youth", a motley crew of screw-ups, lunatics and delinquents.
But as the laborious days go by, and as memories of her complicated past come flooding back, Ingrid must confront the question of whether she shares more in common with these troubled teens than she's willing to admit.