Marcel Washington grew up in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Memphis, Tennessee: Third World. At age 13 he joined the Traveling Vice Lords and worked his way up to be one of the most successful and prolific dealers in his neighborhood. Money, girls, cars, respect: he has it all. And he doesn't plan on giving it up for anyone--even if they want it to take it by force.
On a hot July night, Celeste Blackburn crashes into his life, pursued by strangers in black suits. They want her, and she won't tell him why. When she learns of Marcel's status in his neighborhood, she charges him with her protection. The problem is, she's endangering everything he's ever worked for, and he has to choose--will it be his life, or hers?