The story begins where Starr and her best friend Khalil are at a party. Its a Garden Heights party. Her friend said she was surprised she came since she was really "white" now.
The conflict in the story is that Starr is essentially living two lives. Her Williamson and her Garden Heights. She never wants the two to collide. That becomes an issue when her best friend gets killed though.
The rising action occurs when someone decides to do protest "For Khalil" at Williamson. He only makes it so he can get out of class though, and lots of people follow in his footsteps for the same reason. Starr has a breakdown at this point.
The climax occurs when Chris, Starr's white boyfriend from Williamson, decides to join her and DeVante in the protests for Khalil after the verdict is called. She asks him if he wants to leave, but he stands his ground. He saw lots of things he hadn't seen before that night.
Riots break out everywhere, and all hell breaks loose. Even Starr, Chris, Seven, and DeVante join in. Buildings are burning, the police are throwing bombs into the crowds. The families' shop gets burned down during all the chaos.
The resolution to Starr's conflict is that at the end Seven, her brother, has a party and invites his Williamson and Garden Heights friends. So, Starr does the same. Her worlds collide and they mix well.