A high powered Washington attorney buys an apartment building in the heart of the city, hoping to create low income housing for good families. Instead he finds the building occupied by squatters: drug dealers, winos and hookers intent on staying in place. Hannibal Jones is hired to free the building from them, but the people holding crack pipes are backed up by people holding guns. Hannibal soon finds himself up against a local crime boss and his mob connected father. But Hannibal realizes that his success or failure will determine the fate of a neighborhood, and the future of one small boy.