From the Essence bestselling author of Gangsta and Road Dawgz comes this unflinching account of teenage love, betrayal, and loyalty on the streets of Harlem.
Rio, the only child of a singer turned alcoholic, has no aspirations. Years ago, he took the wrap for a friend and did time in prison. Now, unable to find a job, he turns to hustling. Enter Trinity, who—with troubles and dreams of her own—eventually becomes Rio's soul mate. Together they vow to somehow escape the ghetto. But soon they find themselves with their backs against the wall—when the streets come to claim their due.
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"Y'all niggaz line the fuck up. Everybody gonna get served, just hold ya head." The corner managers barked their instructions and the fiends did as they were told. That's just the way it went in the hood.
Darius, also known as Rio, stood against the project building puffing his Newport, dark eyes constantly scanning the block for police. Rio was a handsome young cat. He was about six-foot-three with pretty raven-colored curls decorating his crown. The girls at his high school would always mess with him, saying he was a dark, pretty nigga. But he felt he was just him.