12-year-old Dre Parker could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying, but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings for him an enemy of the class bully, Cheng do. Without friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, a kung fu master. He teaches Dre that kung fu is not about to hit and dodge, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that the bullies will be the fight of his life.