Youth-oriented musical drama. DJ Williams (Columbus Short) is a 19-year-old growing up in Los Angeles. While he is a good kid and a gifted street dancer, he runs with a dangerous crowd, and one night an underground dance competition turns into a brawl and DJ ends up in jail. DJ's younger brother has already died a violent death, and his mother, hoping to put him back on the straight and narrow, sends DJ off to Truth University, a historically African-American college in Atlanta. He hasn't been in college for a day before he's entranced by the lovely April (Meagan Good). Working as a gardener to pay the bills, DJ doesn't fit in with the wealthier students around campus, but one thing does catch his attention - the rival fraternity competition known as 'stepping'. With April's help, DJ learns about the legacy and heritage behind the fraternities and decides to join up. Now part of an official step group, DJ now must balance rehearsals, work, and school, while at the same time winning the heart of the girl of his dreams.