Tariq is best by danger in the streets and conflict at home. Music is his only consolation. When he forms a new friendship with the volatile but intriguing record-store owner, Jamal, Tariq discovers the world of jazz and the man he could become. The violence that has long threatened finally erupts, and things suddenly clarify for Tariq. He takes the ultimate risk — not on behalf of his friend but on behalf of his enemy — and the disparate worlds of modern America and traditional Islam come together in an unexpected and gripping resolution.