Six months after Ritch’s brother was killed while serving in Iraq, Ritch is still having a hard time coming to grips with his grief. His therapist suggests a summer away as a camp counselor at Camp Safe Harbor in the North Georgia Mountains might be the perfect remedy. Shortly after arriving, he discovers the camp director uses manipulative fear to control counselors and campers. Threats, false warnings and outright lies scare people into submission and Ritch, his romantic interest, Tee and his co-counselor, Grey, join together to find a way to change things. Most of the camp staff rebel against such coercion by staging pranks and jokes, which only make the director more desperate and determined to gain control. The camp staff renames the camp, “Camp Fear.”
A real threat arrives one weekend when four convicts escape from nearby Hays State Prison and take the camp staff hostage. When the camp director cowers in fear, it’s up to Ritch and Grey to take over as leaders and find a way to escape. Their getaway takes them to the rifle range to destroy the camp rifles, through Junkins Cave and on a thrilling horseback ride over the mountain to contact authorities.