James, African American, believes he is called to build a magnificent throne ensemble made from junk, but must overcome his resentment against his father and God. He brightens the life of a fatherless little girl with an alcoholic mother, and helps restore sanity to a mentally disturbed homeless woman, as he obsessively races to complete it before he dies.
A promising young psychiatrist treats a severely disturbed woman whose previous doctors have all quit or died under mysterious circumstances, and ends up getting more than she bargained for.
Booze and bad decisions run Traffic and Pony Joe’s lives until they decide to get sober and make a living as horse trainers, but a past acquaintance shows up and threatens to kill Traffic and his family unless an old drug-smuggling debt is repaid.
An alcoholic’s gifted teenage son and a stripper’s alienated teenage daughter grow up, face their fears of intimacy and adulthood, and come to terms with their dysfunctional parents one summer on the wrong side of the tracks.