Provocative look at racism and redemption. White working-class Donnie Rose (Sutherland, son of Donald) is released from prison after serving 10 years for the brutal beating of a black man named Keith Carvery, who was left brain damaged. The racially-motivated incident has continued to divide the black and white communities of Halifax. Having boxed in the joint, Donnie agrees to a grudge match with local fisticuffs star Ossie (Alexander), a violent friend of the Carvery family. After much soul-searching, George Carvery (a strong Glover) decides that an eye-for-an-eye has to stop and he offers to become Donnie's trainer so he'll have a chance to survive.