In 1994, Nicholas Barclay vanished from his neighborhood in San Antonio. Three years later, he was found in Spain, having allegedly escaped from a military child sex ring. When he returned home to Texas, he appeared physically different and spoke with a French accent. The family excused all of this and accepted him into their family. But of course, this very different person wasn't Nicholas Barclay at all. After several months of passing himself off as Nicholas, 29-year-old French con artist Frédéric Bourdin admitted he had stolen the identity of Nicholas, the family's long-lost son. But how could the family be so blind?
Bart Layton's unnerving documentary explores the motives of a family who kept up the charade of knowing someone whom they really didn't. This is a strange and bizarre true story about the disappearance of Nicholas Barclay and the exposé of French con man Frédéric Bourdin, AKA "The Chameleon."
While many tragic true crime stories exist about people who vanish mysteriously, the intrigue of Nicholas Barclay's story is enhanced by the inclusion of a famed con artist and the Barclay family's acceptance of him.