As he assumes the Provost position at State University, Jason Spradlin is confronted by events he'd never anticipated. His response to an NCAA query about grades of football players ignites a series of threats to him and his family. Attempts to bomb his car, burn his home, and kidnap his daughter ensue until Jason and the authorities are able to nab this big supporter in the process of bribing a star recruit. Jason's plan to reduce the bureaucracy within the institution raises the hackles of some faculty who see his effort as deleting their authority. He antagonizes a prominent dean who forces Jason to meet with him and his supporters as they challenge the Governor to override the decision. Jason and his two older children rescue a man who has fallen in the forest and is unable to move. The man responds by giving a huge amount of money to the institution for scholarships and sets up trust funds for the youngsters' education.