A "clocker" is a 24-hour drug dealer, and Strike (Mekhi Phifer) is the hardest-working one on the streets.
But for Strike, time is running out. When the local drug kingpin (Delroy Lindo) tips Strike off about
an opportunity for advancement, a rival dealer ends up dead, and Strike suddenly finds himself caught between
two homicide detectives. One is Mazilli (John Turturro), who's only looking for an easy bust. The
other is Rocco (Harvey Keitel), who's looking form something much harder to find - the truth - and when
Strike's law-abiding brother confesses to the murder, Rocco vows not to rest until he's sure the real shooter
is behind bars.