Zanele is skipping school and secretly plotting against the apartheid government. The police can't know. Her mother and sister can't know. Her best Thabo, schoolboy turned tsotsi, can tell she's up to something. But he has troubles of his own - a deal gone wrong and some powerful enemies.
Across the bridge, in the wealthy white suburbs, Jack plans to spend his last days in Johannesburg before leaving for university burning miles on his beat-up Mustang - until he meets a girl with an unforgettable face from a black township on the edge of revolt - Soweto.
Meena, the daughter of an Indian shopkeeper, finds a packet of banned pamphlets. They lead to a mysterious black girl with a secret, a dangerous gangster with expensive taste in clothes, and an engaging white boy who drives a battered red car.
A series of chance meetings changes everything. A chain of events is set in motion - a failed plot, a murdered teacher, and a secret movement of students that has spread across the township.
And the students will rise.