In the swamplands of Lake County, Florida, troubled teens find little to do but act out and break the law. Heather, 17, is a beautiful manipulator, who uses her looks to get what she wants. Mariah, 13, an angry thug who gets into physical fights with school officials and family members, is shocked to discover a member of her own family behind bars. When they both encounter a terrifying inmate with a nasty grudge nick-named "Big Hurt," they discover that in jail it doesn't matter who you think you are on the outside. Heather's greatest shock, however, comes three weeks after the jail visit. And Nick, 12, who breaks down locked doors at home to steal from his mother, breaks down into tears when an enormous, gold-toothed inmate unlocks the secret behind his criminal behavior.