Aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$, fights an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in Jersey. With her life falling apart, Patti tries to reach the big time in the hip hop scene with original and affecting music. Cheered on by her grandmother and only friends, Jheri and Basterd, Patti also shoulders her mother's heartaches and misfortunes.