Louis "ZigZag" Fletcher (Jones) is an autistic 15-year-old who lives in fear of his dad Fletcher (Sniper), an abusive drug addict. ZigZag works after school as a dishwasher for the foul-mouthed Toad (Platt) and his one caring friend is his volunteer Big Brother, Dean (Leguizamo), who has cancer. As if things are bad enough, after a confrontation with Fletcher, ZigZag steals $9,000 from Toad to give to his dad and Dean goes to a loan shark (Goss) to get the money to return to Toad's safe before he realizes it's missing. Based on the novel by Landon J. Napoleon; Goyer's directorial debut. The sort of story that can easily descend into sap but doesn't thanks to some fearless performances and Goyer's tight control.