Crime runs rampant in a small poverty-stricken shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, during the 1970’s. Two friends will grow up leading very different lives. Rocket takes up photography, and is documenting the violence associated with the drug dealing in the neighborhood. His friend “Zé" uses Rocket’s photos as a way to increase his reputation as a drug dealer not to be messed with. A turf war is sparked between Rocket and “Knockout Ned” (Seu Jorge), and Rocket will be stuck right in the middle of it.