The life of a small town's beloved barber is turned upside down by the arrival of a mysterious stranger. Eugene Van Wingerdt has been a pillar of this community for years, but no one in this small town knows that he may be hiding a deadly secret. John McCormack has been hunting for a serial killer who, thanks to a lack of evidence, was released from custody. Convinced that Van Wingerdt is the guy, McCormack arrives in his small town in hopes of exposing him. However, he chooses to do so by posing as someone interested in the becoming a killer himself. The two form a twisted bond that is part father/son, part master/protégé. The lessons start small but it's not long before the homework grows more challenging and this nice small town suddenly isn't safe anymore.