Moving and detailed drama about homelessness in New York starring Matt Dillon as Matthew, a young man lost out on the streets, and Danny Glover as Jerry, the older, experienced man who befriends him and teaches him a few survial tactics. Matthew finds himself homeless when an apartment block is demolished and while helping an old woman to a huge night shelter, Fort Washington, is taken under the wing of Jerry. The two men look after each other, seeing off the unpleasant attention of a vicious gangster, Little Leroy. They slowly manage to get themselves together, finding somewhere to live and even starting up a small fruit and veg business. However one night the police round up the homeless, because of a cold weather alert, and force them into the shelters. Jerry manages to escape but Matthew tangles with Leroy again and it ends in tragedy.