Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. But when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil, while being unarmed, at the hands of a police officer. everything changes. When the news hits national headlines, protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. And what everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night?