MOOKZ 16, an indigenous teenager, hides behind a secret and a dream to escape a dysfunctional family and play in the NBA.
Mookz is a tall, gangly teenager like the other boys on the CITY LEGENDS basketball team. Very few people know that Mookz is a girl she binds her breasts and dresses like a boy has cropped hair a deep raspy voice and a distinct lack of femininity.
SARAH 14 Mookz’s sister has been the victim of their mother’ Beryl’s boyfriend. BERYL 45 is neglectful. She rarely cooks a meal or cleans the house for her many children. She is an obese woman who spends most of her time in bed watching TV and eating chocolates.
JOSIE 16, is a schoolmate. After a one night stand, she finds herself pregnant and commits suicide. Mookz is devastated and gets suspended from school for breaking a students nose when he disrespects Josie’s memory.
The CITY LEGENDS are training for the finals against her nemesis, SKATZ 17 and the RAVENS Basketball team. CURTIS 16 teammate is a tall Islander boy with a goatee beard that makes him look older. He is easily distracted by girls, partying and smoking pot.
JOEL 18, Curtis’s cousin comes to town. The cousin’s buy up large at the Nike store. Mookz is embarrassed that she has no money to shop.
RANI 45 is the owner of the BOOKSHOP and surrogate mother to Mookz. When she takes a wad of cash from a tin box, she is startled by Rani’s voice. Rani puts the money into Mookz’s hand. She asks why? Rani tells her, I’m not giving you anything I’m paying you. Mookz agrees to work in the book store until she has paid the debt.
Nike and Slam’n magazine run a competition to play one on one with Michael Jordan and $1,000 of Nike gear. Mookz is a huge fan. It’s during the grand final between the LEGENDS and RAVENS that Skatz tells Mookz that he is the competition winner.
TUKU 40, is Rani’s brother and a limousine driver. He and Mookz are close. He is Michael Jordan’s driver while he’s in town and arranges a meet for Mookz. Skatz, on the day of the presentation, is arrested for stealing the Porsche owned by the CEO of Nike. Michael Jordan invites Mookz, Curtis and Joel to play one-on-one with him. In a TV interview, he praises their talents. The trio becomes very popular amongst their peers.
Mookz develops feelings for Joel and is resentful towards the girls and the attention they show him. Rani helps her transform for the big end of season party. She takes Mookz dress shopping and gets her hair extensions. When Rani finishes, Mookz has turned into a stunning young woman. Tuku offers to take her to the party in his limousine. LIZZIE 16 a school friend doesn’t recognize Mookz standing next to her in the ladies bathroom, she is shocked by the transformation. Mookz confides in Lizzie about her feelings for Joel. Lizzie introduces Mookz as Sharni and makes a promise that she will never reveal the secret. Joel senses of familiarity about Mookz /Sharni. He leads her out onto the dance floor for a slow dance when he kisses her she runs, and he follows her outside only to see her get into the back of the white limousine and disappear down the road. Joel is desperate to find Sharni and appeals to Mookz to help him.
It’s winter at the end of the basketball season and school break, the trio hardly see each other during those months. Curtis and Lizzie are a couple, and Mookz keeps busy at Rani’s bookshop.
When her appendix ruptures, Mookz is rushed to the hospital. Rani, Tuku, Joel and Curtis turn up at the hospital. Rani accidentally reveals Mookz’s gender to Joel and Curtis. She assures Joel that Mookz is Sharni. He is devastated. But he holds an all-night vigil outside her ICU room. Weeks later, he turns up at the hospital with a massive bunch of flowers.