<p> When the Smoke Clears is the story of three childhood friends and the year that will dramatically change their lives. The story follows each one down their separate paths, Chris struggles to stay sane in his current surrounding, Shawn becomes more and more a drug addict, and Raymond becomes more ruthless as he loses ties to family. The film is a drama based on the events that change people's lives and make them ultimately stronger or weaker. </p>