A traveling musician must revisit his troubled youth in a small North Carolina town. As a boy he struggled to navigate a tough existence in High Point while becoming unwillingly drawn to an ominous local presence that infected his former gang with madness, leading some to a blood lust for violence.
Having since escaped to become a semi-successful rapper, he returns to find out his estranged mother is being evicted. Pressured to find the money to help her, he takes on a job from his old gang, now run by former best friend Mama Bird.
Tensions flare between the two when Bird reveals she is using his ex-girlfriend, Starr, to rob rival gangs. After their old love is reignited, he vows to help Starr escape before her infection worsens with tragic results.