Shortly after 9/11, Shirlee Gentles's oldest son, Marshall, enlisted in the US Navy. He excelled there, receiving commendations from his superiors as he climbed the ranks. Then a surprise phone call from a naval hospital in San Diego where Marshall was stationed changed everything. Marshall had been acting erratically and out of character. He had stopped eating. He had been diagsed with bipolar disorder. Shirlee's world began spiraling out of control. Marshall, unable to cope with his illness, went AWOL. He was missing for three months. Finally, after he turned himself in, he was released from the navy with an 'other than horable' discharge. Shirlee's despair continued after Marshall returned home. His increasingly terrifying behavior forced her to have him committed. Marshall's life came to a sudden and tragic end after a severe manic episode. Marshall's story is similar to those of so many suffering with the insidious illness, bipolar disorder. This is the heartbreaking story of a mother's fight for her son.