Sara (Julia Stiles) wants to be a ballerina, but her dreams are cut short by the sudden death of her mother. She moves in with her father (Terry Kinney), who she has not seen for a long time, in Chicago, mainly the ghetto. She gets transferred to a new school where she is the only white there. Her life takes a turn for the better when she is friends with Chenille (Kerry Washington). Later, she falls in love with her brother, Derek (Sean Patrick Thomas).