The film is a dystopian science fiction thriller set in the near future in a more authoritarian America. It deals with the social persecution and criminalisation of people who are infected with a sexually transmitted infection similar to HIV. Those who test positive for the disease are forcibly placed into quarantine camps. In the quarantine camps they are tattooed with a P by the authorities to indicate their positive status and shot if they try to escape. The quarantine camps are dilapidated places where patients are left to die without care or contact with the outside world.
Blue, a young woman who earns a living scavenging metal in the city. She goes with a friend who wants to be tested to a Helping Hand clinic. The clinic has the sinister slogan „Making your hard choices easier“. Outside the clinic they are given a card warning them against getting tested there. The card demands „Why is sickness a crime? Why is hospital a prison? Why does the helping hand hold a gun?“. Blue is disturbed by this warning and meets an activist in the resistance called Torch.
The resistance works to prevent the quarantine of those
who are positive. They arrange testing outside the official system
so that they will not be quarantined. They rescue people being held
by the Helping Hand clinic in order to give them medicine, care, and
understanding. They distribute condoms and clean needles to help
prevent the spread of the disease. This is contrasted with government
advertisements for the Helping Hand clinics that threaten „The only
way is not to play“.
A relationship develops between Blue and Torch and it is revealed that Torch is positive. Torch is arrested because of his activism and when the police discover that he is positive they send him to quarantine. Blue sneaks into the quarantine in order to see Torch. Blue wants to be infected by Torch so that they can live together inside the quarantine camp but Torch is reluctant to infect Blue. [Wikipedia]