When teenager Stanley is wrongly accused of stealing, perhaps due to bad luck from an old family curse, he’s sent to a juvenile work camp. It’s a strange camp, where juvenile offenders are forced to spend all day digging holes in the hot desert-like environment of a dried lake bed. No explanation is given for the endless chore, but it becomes apparent that the camp’s warden is looking for something.
When one of his friends runs off into the deadly wilderness, Stanley decides to go after him, a risky and daring choice that might just help him unravel the mystery of the holes, and even put an end to his family’s long standing curse.
The film explores the meaning and value of true friendship, as well as the idea that “fate” is always open to interpretation; that is, what at first may seem like bad luck may actually be a needed opportunity. The film is family-friendly, but does include some mild violence.