Daily life is pretty dreary for eleven year old Reggie. She's already mastered the art of dumpster diving and being her own parent. Her mother, dangerously close to a full break with sanity, is of little help. Reggie has invented a dream world where she and her best friend, Tough Girl, battle aliens for glory. Life is manageable until new neighbors move in and Reggie's dream world begins to unravel.
The Apartments are the only home Reggie has ever known. They are old, spread out and full of shadows and secrets. Her neighbors are her friends, enemies, and spies. Danger lurks around every corner; her own building is guarded by stray cats fiercely dedicated to protecting their turf.
The Apartments spring to life on the weekends. Parties can quickly turn into boozy brawls. Most people can't sense it, but Reggie feels the Apartments emitting a tension that drives its tenants towards violence.
All the buildings share one playground. The equipment is beat up and busted and the pavement is cracked but the kids don't care. This is their area. This is where they settle beefs and forge friendships. It's also the place Reggie most abhors.