Sometime during the mid-1990?s, a stranger moved to Biddeford, Maine. Biddeford is a former mill town, descended largely from French Canadians, and bit rough around the edges.

Residents describe Rory Holland as charming and fiercely intelligent, but there was something about him that made people wary. Rory was a tall man, aggressive and opinionated, with a dark past. And, he was one among the only African Americans in the very white town.