Raised dirt poor in one of the worst parts of town, La-La is determined not end up like the generations of her family before her: a mother when she's barely in her teens, getting caught up in the drug game, or just plain stuck living hand-to-mouth in the projects for the rest of her life. She's got big dreams, not to mention the rare combination of a sharp mind, runway model looks, and a killer bod, all of which she plan on using to get the hell out of the ghetto.
But even the best laid plans have a habit of going to pieces - especially in the hood. La-La finds that out firsthand when her ambitions cause her to cross paths with Dre, a much more worldly (and older) man than the scrubs she's used to dealing with. Showered with gifts and attention, La-La consciously chooses to overlook the strings that come attached to Dre's affection - namely, that he is a man with dangerous ties and associates.
Forced outside her comfort zone, La-La finds herself getting caught up in Dre's world. Even worse, her normally good judgment is being impaired by both her desire for the finer things in life and her growing physical needs as she struggles to answer one question: is what she and Dre have real and worth risking everything for, or is he simply using her the way she had planned on using him?