In 1997, new Army recruit Barry Winchell is assigned to a base in Tennessee. He quickly befriends the quick-tempered Justin Fisher, who struggles with drug problems. One night, they venture out to a local bar hosting a drag show. Calpernia Addams, a transsexual drag queen, fascinates Barry, and they strike up a relationship. As Barry and Calpernia grow closer, Justin becomes bitter and recruits another soldier to help get revenge.