When Romiette Cappelle meets Julio Montague, she feels as though
she has met the soul mate who can rescue her from her recurring
nightmare about fire and water. But like the Shakespearean characters
whose names echo theirs, Romiette and Julio discover that not everyone
approves of their budding romance. In their case, it is because Romiette
is African-American and Julio is Hispanic, and the Devildogs, a
dangerous local gang, violently oppose their interracial relationship.
When the Devildogs threaten to teach them a lesson, Romiette and
Julio come up with a risky plan to escape from the gang's fearsome
shadow. But things go terribly awry, and the two find themselves caught
up in a deadly reality more frightening that Romiette's nightmare -- and
in a desperate struggle to avoid the tragic fate of Shakespeare's
famous young lovers.