It depicts the life of a foster family in South Central Los Angeles in 1992, when the city erupted in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial.
Kings provides examples of:
- Adult Fear: Millie can't find her foster children at some point, while riots are erupting in the city. The poster's Tag Line "Don't let your family get caught in the crossfire" also underlines this.
- Foster Kid: All the children Millie is in charge of are foster kids.
- Token White: Daniel Craig is a white lead in a film about riots that primarily involved the African-American and Latino/Hispanic communities.