Gallery owner Gayla Patton is leery of a new controversial art exhibit that her coworker has arranged for their next opening. And when she discovers that the artist is ex-con David Allen Kinney, aka Dak, she is downright appalled. Dak's is a familiar face: her mother took him under her wing many years ago after the brutal murder of his mother. Gayla never liked nor trusted the streetwise punk, and she is not enthused about his reappearance in her life. Sure enough, his graphic depictions of ghetto life shake up the art community, and he also manages to turn Gayla's world upside down. As she slowly sees her way to giving Dak a second chance, he proves himself to be trustworthy and kind.