1984, in the barrios of Newark. Beatriz Mendez is looking forward to dancing at her fifteenth birthday, because dancing is her true passion in life. When her brother Juni, gang-leader of the Puerto Rican gang the Diablos, is killed by the rival Haitian Macoute gang she finds herself thrust into the role of gang-leader and drug dealer. She meets Nassar, a dorky Haitian boy who shares and reignites her passion for dancing. Will Beatriz choose the life decided for her-- or the one she creates for herself?