Finding the Gold Within follows six black men from Akron, Ohio, through their first two years of college. Despite their high levels of confidence and critical thinking, the stark reality of being away from their families and communities brings a series of crises. A sister dies in a car accident, a home gets broken into, a brush with the law, and racial jokes and provocations never seem to end.
Each young man is tested. Can he keep his eyes on the prize? Can he stay true to himself? Be it poetry, football, music, mythology, basketball, theatre, psychology, their dreams and goals change. Each of them is hell-bent on disproving society's stereotypes and low expectations, determined to overcome the fate of their missing fathers, scheming uncles, and drug-dealing cousins.