A young protagonist, Chiron, from childhood to adulthood as he navigates both the dangers of drugs and violence in his depressed Florida neighbourhood, and his complex love for his best friend. Bullied at school and beaten down by a harsh home life, Chiron risks becoming a statistic - another black man dominated (and ultimately destroyed) by the system. But Chiron is a survivor. As he grows it becomes clear that his real battle isn't even on the streets. It's an internal one - reckoning with his love for his best friend.