This film tells the story of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, an African-American man who rose to become a top contender for the middle-weight boxing title. His dreams were shattered when he was accused of a triple murder and convicted to three natural-life terms. After years of fruitless efforts to prove his innocence, an African-American boy and his mentors read his book and are convinced of his innocence. But they soon learn this fight puts them against a racist establishment that profited from the travesty with no intention of seeing it reversed.