Tay and Rena are two middle school kids from the ghetto of the Eastside projects. They are both proud and more mature than their ages might suggest, and although very different, they both win the eighth-grade writing contest. On this night, the stage is theirs to share, and unknown to anyone—including Tay and Rena—this award links them together forever.
One beautiful spring day, Tay drives home after dropping Rena off at her parents’ place and notices a house on her street that seems vacant. No lights are ever on. It’s always dark, dead to the world outside, and the yard is a complete mess. The house is out of place, mysterious.
Tay dreams that this house possesses secret hidden treasures. He has a vision of riches beyond belief and crisp, green dollar bills. He devises a plan, accounting for every possible scenario, and decides to pull it off alone. However, Tay doesn’t account for one thing. His plan ends in horror that will haunt both he and Rena for the rest of their lives, turning their childhood potential into eventual tragedy.