After Kerrick Khumalo's wife is murdered in their home, he migrates from Africa to America for better opportunities. But his thick accent and dark skin makes him unaccepted. Unable to find legal employment, he discovers that the drug trade can be a lucrative business for the man who is willing to do anything, including kill. Self-possessed, he quickly rises to the top and becomes the most fearful man in Baltimore.
After being the victims of a hate crime at their high school in rural North Carolina, cousins Joe and Luke Pell move to Baltimore to live with their drunk but loving aunt Stacy. Almost losing them to death, Stacy fears for her nephews' lives, believing society is not as easy on gays as perceived. Due to their highly feminine mannerisms, Stacy suggests that her nephews transition into Joanne and Lolita in secret. With their delicate faces and petite bodies, the teenagers are as beautiful as dolls.