Everyone loves mega superstar Irie Franklin. But the only man who has a shot is a jilted gift shop owner who's afraid to leave Brooklyn. Either he goes out into the world to find love, or the world crashes into his tiny neighborhood.
Two brothers are pulled home - away from their chaotic lives - where they make a few discoveries. First, mom has cancer. Second, it's prostate cancer. Third, mom is not mom.
In the roaring 1920s Manhattan, there are two cities - fashionable downtown with its flappers and high society and Harlem - with its jazz, booze, mobsters and soul. For two women - one black and one white - these cities collide like a Duke Ellington crescendo when it comes to staying alive.