Sara’s life is devoted to dance – she wants nothing more than to make it into New York’s famous Juilliard School. But when tragedy strikes and she loses her mom, her hopes are dashed and she buries her dreams of ever attending the country’s best dance school.
Without her Mom to support her, Sara moves to the tough streets of Chicago’s South side to live with her Dad – a down on his luck jazz musician who she barely knows. Her new school’s a totally different world from the small town she grew up in, but Sara’s quick comebacks and sassy attitude earn her the quick respect and friendship of straight-talking Chenille. But it’s Chenille’s brother, Derek, the cool and good-looking star of the school, who grabs Sara’s attention. He plays it up tough, but he also has the smarts and a plan to go to medical school.
Yet against all the odds they overcome the obstacles to their dreams, and discover that ultimately the only person you have to be is … yourself.