James plays on Major Neely's mercy by pretending he's gone
blind and can't do what's required of him - a technique similar
to what he's used on his mother before. Neely sees right through
him and the strict discipline is back almost before James can utter
It's difficult for Tracy to see
her son exposed to this harsh boot camp approach. She puts her trust
in the staff and leaves her son to an experience unlike any he's
History is repeating itself. At 14, Tracy was court-ordered
to a year on the wagon train after failing in Colorado's juvenile
It was there that she met Bob Burton in 1979. Founder of
VisionQuest, Burton explained to Tracy and the other kids in the
program why VisionQuest was unlike any other program they had been
in. He told them what he expected of them.
"We're giving you the right and the responsibility
to enter your adulthood without anybody in control of you but yourselves.
"We're going to confront your weaknesses. We're going to
promote your strengths. We're going to ask you to win."