When he's forced into a reform school, Xtra is trained to drop the illusion of toughness and become a man.
"Sixteen-year-old Xtra Keys lives by a few simple rules, all rooted in a world of brazen, retaliatory violence. Only his infant son is excluded from his hard-shell persona. Xtra hopes to raise his son better than his boozy, razor-edged mother raised him and his younger siblings and he just might get his wish when he’s thrust into the world of the HIVE, an unorthodox alternative school full of other discarded boys. Based on an actual school in North Carolina’s Bertie County, In the Hive is a movIe about the power of love and a gripping reminder that we can all make a difference in a child’s life, even the ones who’ve been relegated to the discarded heap for too long."