MOONWALKING opens in 1982 as Pierre, who goes by Pie, prepares to tag another building in Brooklyn, and JJ, along with his family, leaves their foreclosed home in Long Island and returns to his grandmother's Brooklyn basement. Pie is Puerto Rican, Black, brilliant, artistic, and angry. JJ is Polish American, nerdy, bullied, and also angry. They've both got plenty to be angry about, as Pie's father ditched his mom before Pie was born, his mom grapples with mental illness, his mentor was shot in the back, his Vietnam vet cousin died of an overdose, and junkies are just part of the landscape his beloved kid sister has to navigate. JJ was bullied in his old school, expects to be bullied in his new school, His embittered father tends to hit him first and ask questions later, and his parents are shunning his teen sister for being in a lesbian relationship. Pie finds solace and meaning in graffiti art, JJ in punk rock, and when they meet in middle school, there's the glimmer of a friendship. Whether it can get past the meanness, prejudice, misunderstanding, and racism of the world they're in remains to be seen.