Bluford High. It's not just school: It's real life. There's no backing down for Lionel Shephard. With a dream of joining the NBA, all he wants to do at Bluford High is play basketball. But everyone's trying to stop him. His father thinks basketball is a waste of time, his teachers don't know he can barely read and threaten to fail him, and his dropout friend, Jamar, wants him to quit school. Unsure where to turn, Lionel must make a choice. Will he pursue his dream, or get caught in a nightmare?