When 12-year-old Jamie Dexter receives her brother TJ's first letter from Vietnam, it's not really a letter. It's a roll of film he wants her to process herself. After a soldier teaches Jamie how to develop and print her brother's negatives, she soom becomes a dark room virtuoso. And as her roll-of-film "letters" continue to arrive, Jamie realizes that TJ is communicating in a language more powerful than words. But some of his graphic images are too haunting to show to her parents -- especially her mom.