Sully, whose job is emptying septic tanks, is about to become a father. He's willing to do anything to assure his son's future.
Jasper, a simple grocer, possesses a vital quality as far as the Mafia for whom he is forced to work is concerned: he is deaf and mute.
Parmie Tarzo, head of the local Mafia, would dearly like to get rid of any competition.
All three live on Staten Island, beneath Manhattan's towering shadow.
Their paths will cross - it would appear, for the worst.