In 1862, French writer Victor Hugo published his most important work: Les Misérables, an epic tale of social abuses and ruthless laws. Hugo did so by following the fortunes of Jean Valjean, who spent years of his life in a penal colony for stealing a loaf of bread and even after his release was pursued by the police. Not much has changed, as debuting director Ladj Ly shows in this story written by himself and based on his own short film of the same name as well as the 2005 Paris riots.
Recently transferred from the French countryside to Paris, young Stéphane becomes the newest member of an Anti-Crime Squad operating in the 93rd district, one of the banlieues. Tensions between the local gangs are running high, Stéphane soon discovers. Things get out of hand when he and his colleagues Chris and Gwada try to carry out an arrest. A drone captures the events.