When 14-year-old Dante and his friends find a suitcase full of cocaine, they face an excruciating decision: whether to flush the stuff, or to sell it. Selling the cocaine would bring the money they all desperately need, particularly Dante, who was born with a bad heart because his mother was a crack addict, but they know it would also add to the drug problems already affecting their Oakland, CA, neighborhood. Racist white cops and exploitative adults who get rich by playing off of these needy, often homeless kids all add to this affecting story that revolves around the ills of contemporary society. With its realistic, gritty dialogue; violent deaths; and semi-explicit sex scenes, this is definitely a book for mature teens; those readers will find authentic, unforgettable characters and descriptions that make the boys and their community come alive. Set among the rough streets of a modern Babylon, this is ultimately a story about family, friendship, love, and of kids living in poverty and victimized by drugs but still trying to make the right choices in their lives.