The tense, often riotous relationship between disenfranchised French youth and the police is examined in this hard-hitting drama. The story is set in the housing projects outside of Paris and takes place during a 24-hour period. It centers on three youths. The night before, a riot had ensued after a second-generation Arab was severely beaten by the police. The next day, the young men go to Paris, and end up getting arrested and interrogated by the police. Later the trio gets involved in a rumble with skinheads. The boys then return home and encounter something they never suspected.