Rick (Gregg Thomsen) and Melissa (Cheryl Kay) are two young lovebirds struggling against the crime and poverty of the Los Angeles ghetto they inhabit. Their hopes of ever leaving are destroyed when one of Rick's relatives is killed in a drive-by shooting. Seeking to avenge the vicious murder, Rick rejoins his former gang, but gets himself arrested. During his absence, Melissa becomes involved with drug dealers and is addicted to crack. Rick then sets out on a difficult mission to save her.