This story, based on real events, explores the secret world of Japanese organized crime, called the Yakuza. Young Naoki is a failure at school, work and in his personal life and is caught up in a wave of juvenile delinquency. His mother, driven by shame and despair, is reunited with an old friend who offers to introduce her son into the ranks of the Yakuza. Naoki's news boss takes him under his wing. The Kumagai crime organization, confronted by new trends facing Japan, feels that the Yakuza is being edged out of modern society. Divided by loyalties to his mother and to his new "family," Naoki will have to choose between the light and the dark.