Living in a prosperous African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles is Mack Street, a mystery child. Abandoned by his birth mother, Mack passes from family to family, a boy surrounded by people yet deeply alone. He realizes how different he is from others the day he sees a narrow house. Passing through the magic house that no one else can see, Mack is plunged into a realm in which time and reality are skewed. There, what Mack does has strange effects on the "real world" of concrete, cars, commerce, and conflict.