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Brothers on the verge of adulthood, Ethan and Derek have grown up caring for Michelle, their prescription drug-addicted single mother. After saving her from yet another opioid overdose, the boys convince her to go to rehab. But just when they thought she had taken a step toward true recovery, Michelle disappears on the last day of treatment. As the search for Michelle intensifies, Ethan and Derek start questioning whether they can begin lives of their own if they continue trying to save the person they love the most.


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