Daniel Calder is a north side Chicago high school teacher mourning the death of his husband, an African American doctor who was shot by a white police officer.
Daniel tries to comfort their daughter, but she realizes she needs the understanding of someone who has grown up as a young black woman. So she searches for her birth mother to learn more about her culture and history.
On the city's south side, Tia Young is torn between her political ambitions and risking it all to comfort the daughter she gave up for adoption as a teen.
On the west side, Paul Evans is the cop who has to face the reality of his actions and intentions after the fatal shooting of an innocent man. His fate hangs in the balance amidst the public and legal fallout.
As the stories of these three families converge, they each discover that issues of race cannot be ignored, and people's backgrounds and biases affect how they act.