When 13-year-old Jake's grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father's old Brooklyn home. Jake befriends the charismatic Tony, whose single mother Leonor, a dressmaker from Chile, runs the shop downstairs. Soon, Jake's parents Brian and Kathy ask Leonor to sign a new, steeper lease on her store. For Leonor, the proposed new rent is untenable, and a feud ignites between the adults. Children can't avoid the problems of their parents forever, and soon enough, the adult conflict intrudes upon the borders of their friendship.