In a stirring tale of leadership and sacrifice, Friday Night Lights depicts the tumultuous football season for Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. In the small West Texas town of Odessa, issues with poverty and racism run rampant. Through the triumphs and struggles of the team and Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton), the football-obsessed community is able to find hope through the victories of the team that fails to surrender, no matter what the odds.