In a struggling, racially-divided rural town called Fayette, Virginia, a pair of teenage siblings, Witt and Shy Henley, tell the story of their family's disgraceful descent into poverty. Raised in a big house in the center of town, the depths of their father's insecurities were often masked by the Henley's apparent wealth and comfort. But when their father loses his job, and along with it the house, Witt and Shy have no choice but to contend with his deteriorating mental state in close quarters. As the siblings struggle to find their voices, they forge friendships with others who are down on their luck as well. Together, they hope to create a chorus of downtrodden souls, reaching out for acknowledgement in a world that would rather ignore their pain. Fayette is a town where fires lay dormant, rarely bubbling up into its collective consciousness. But as the flames of defiance begin to devour a new generation, it's only a matter of time before the town catches ablaze. Will you see the heat before it rises?