Mark Piznarski's look at the political and social movements of one of the most turbulent decades of the 20th century, told through the lives of two very different families. The Herlihys are a working class family from Chicago whose three children take very different paths; one is sent to Vietnam, one joins the civil rights movement and one moves to San Francisco and becomes a hippie. Whilst the Taylors are an African-American family from the deep South. When the father (a preacher and civil rights activist) is shot dead his son moves to the city and joins the Black Panthers. Real newsreel from the decade is incorporated as the stories unfold.