Cop-on-the-beat Joe Forrester becomes involved with a Chicano gang war in a slum area. Joe Forrester and his young, college-trained partner Dan Palomar volunteer for a special foot-patrol in the heart of a Chicano barrio that is ruled by fear. The Gardens is an apartment area —a ghetto for Spanish language people who are terrorized by street-gang wars. Snipers are picking off innocent people, such as an ice cream vendor early in the show. Forrester is assigned to move in, calm the residents, and break up the gangs.