Accused of theft of the chips, the cop who answers the call batters Rashad on the sidewalk in the front of the store, punching him over and over. In our social media-infused world, video of the beating goes viral, and Rashad becomes a source of outrage and indignation. The novel hinges on the Rashad's helplessness as both a victim and symbol of injustice, while Quinn, the novel's other primary protagonist wrestles with having witnessed the brutal event. Not only must Quinn come to grips with what he sees, he is also tortured with the knowledge that the policeman who abused Rashad is his best friend's older brother.
Published in September of 2015, the book manages to address a hot button societal conflict without being cliche or preachy. Quinn and Rashad are two characters who both struggle with personal responsibility, race relations, and finding a voice in their community. Neither young man sought a spotlight, but by virtue of where they were that afternoon, each must contend with his own truth.