Based on a Pat Conroy novel, this underrated film stars David Keith as a cadet at the fictional Carolina Military Institute in 1964. CMI has just admitted its first black, Pearce (Mark Breland). Will (Keith), a senior who believes deeply in the code of honor symbolized by the Institute's
graduation ring, is asked by Bear (Robert Prosky), one of the school's ranking instructors, to look after the black cadet. Racism is rampant at CMI, and though neither Will nor Bear are civil rights activists, both believe Pearce deserves the same chance to prove himself as his classmates. When
the sanctioned hazing of underclassmen begins, it becomes clear that Pearce is the targe...