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Tim Doolan is a teenager from a broken home in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. His mother has remarried, his violent father is an emotional cripple and he runs with a white, middle class gang. After a fight, Tim is arrested with a friend, Cheryl. They both wind up in an "adolescent care facility", where parents can attempt to solve their childrens' problems by check.
However, Tim is placed under the care of Dr Charles Lofties and in him Tim finds someone who will take the time to care and to listen. A bond of trust grows between them and Tim eventually learns enough to allow Loftis to guide him to a way forward. Cheryl and others are not so lucky.