The film is based on the death of Brian Deneke, the homicide that revealed the cultural clash between the local jocks and the punk community in Amarillo, Texas, and the result from the subsequent court case sparked debate over injustice in the American judicial system. The title of the film is a reference to one of the nicknames of the town of Amarillo for their nuclear weapon facilities.
Brian is a teenager from Amarillo, Texas, who is into punk music and the subculture. In this conservative town, there are many teenagers who actively follow punk and they routinely clashed with the jocks from the local high school footballteam. The two groups end up fighting in a parking lot one night, ending with Brian’s death.