The Compound is the facility where Los Angeles houses its most violent juvenile criminals. To their advocates, they’re kids. To the system, they’re adults. To their victims, they’re monsters. Three such young offenders sign up to take screenwriting class to write a movie while they await their trials: Jarad, who was arrested at 16 and faces 200 years to life for four attempted murders; Juan, who was arrested at 16 and faces 90 to life for first degree murder; and Antonio, who was arrested at 14 and faces 90 to life for two attempted murders. Each boy lost his innocence around age 12. That was the year Jarad watched his father try to kill himself, the year Juan’s brother jumped him into their gang in El Salvador, and the year Antonio became addicted to meth.