Four days after Hurricane Katrina rips through the gulf coast, Willie Jenkins, a storm survivor, seeks refuge at the summer home of his cousin, Ty, in East Hampton, New York. Having grown up together in The Desire Projects, a drug and crime ridden housing development now buried beneath ten feet of water in New Orleans' ninth ward, the two men's lives have taken drastically different paths. Ty is a confident professional with all the trappings of success, while Willie's life resembles the bleak world of his childhood. Despite these differences, Ty reluctantly takes Willie into his home. The reunion proves hilarious and heartbreaking, as both men, each running from a past they fear will forever define them, struggle to find redemption.