Bobby has taken a year off from grad school to help with the meticulous clean-up at ground zero after 9/11. Each day, he enters a nightmarish otherworld of smoke and ash, where pieces of broken lives emerge from the rubble like lost soul fragments. Haunted by what he has seen, he finds himself collecting pieces from the wreckage. Yet he is unable to talk about his experience - until he finds himself drawn to an enigmatic, solitary woman at the bar who is seeking her own resolution.
Jimmy Roy Guy, a gun dealer with an imagination that borders on mystic vision, delights in telling elaborate stories about the histories of the weapons he sells. When Jimmy makes an agreement with the widow of white supremacist martyr Bob Champion to broker her husband's infamous Colt .45, the widow stipulates that he keep it out of the hands of Champion's disciple, who considers it a powerful talisman for his racist agenda.