This urban, coming-of-age film features the story of Michael (Sean Melson), a clever and street-savvy, twelve-year old reared by his aunt in his grandmother’s house in Brooklyn. Known by his nickname, “Fresh”, he acts as a drug carrier, or “runner”, for various drug dealers, including Esteban (Giancarlo Esposito), throughout his New York City neighborhood.
In his grandmother’s house also living are his aunt’s eleven children; however, he really has no close ties with any of them. With his mother having passed, he works as a runner and also playing chess for money. With his savings, he hopes to be able to be reunited with his older, drug-addicted sister, Nichole (N’Bushe Wright), who is adored by the married-with-children Esteban.