The documentary mini-series follows Newark's charismatic Mayor Cory Booker as he fights to raise the city out of nearly a half century of violence, poverty and corruption. Booker aims to keep the streets safe for summer.
Mayor Booker receives good news about the homicide numbers. Blood gang member Jayda's plans for a nonprofit mentoring group are gaining steam, but her relationship with Crip member Creep is headed for crisis.
As the school year begins, camaraderie and serious discussions share the agenda at overnights given by Principal Baraka and Vice Principal Warren for Central High's freshman boys, and Jayda for her young female mentees.
The Newark Police Department and the Bloods mourn deaths in their families. News reports alert Police Director Garry McCarthy to a potential coup against him - and it will be up to Mayor Booker to determine the outcome.
Mayor Booker campaigns for Democratic nominee Barack Obama, while director McCarthy wonders if an intra-gang war is brewing after the streets explode with gunfire. Newarkers flock to the streets on an historic Election Day.