The novel begins when the main character Starr, and her best friend Khalil are at a party and a fight breaks out. They hear gunshots and flea the situation. On the ride home the police pull them over, resulting in the policeman shooting Khalil.
This is not fair! Khalil didn't do anything to deserve this!
Today is my lucky day! I am off the hook!
Starr is struggling with herself mentally due to this traumatic event. Her and her family keep it to themselves that Starr was the witness at the shooting, they didn't want everyone knowing.
We need a better judge!!!!
As much as Starr wants her privacy in this situation, her friend from school suggests that she speaks up for Khalil.
After going back and forth in the court room, the judge decides that there will be no charges pressed against Officer Cruise.
The town is not happy that there are no consequences for the officer that shot Khalil. They start riots and cause chaos in the town to protest the decision made in the court room.