After making the trip from Mexico to Los Angeles with hopes of starting life anew in America, three cousins find their efforts to earn a living as day laborers quickly sidetracked by their intense experiences in the strange new culture. Upon arriving in East L.A., Tura, Pillo, and Quique are warmly taken in by their Uncle Gilberto. Though Gilberto offers the trio food, shelter, advice, and friendship during their stay in the city, getting work as a day laborer proves much more difficult than any of them ever imagined. Increasingly dejected by the long hours, back-breaking work, and pathetic wages of the day laborer, Pilo slowly begins to succumb to the allure of the drug trade as a means of supplementing his meager income. Though things seem to be going a little better for Tura, who has slowly begun to establish a romantic bond with pretty local Maria, things begin to get a little more stressful as the seductive lothario becomes infatuated with the beautiful wife of his wealthy employer. Meanwhile, conflicted Quique begins to question his sexuality after he is drawn into an affair with homosexual gallery owner West. When tragedy strikes, Tura, Pillo, and Quique all find their loyalties put to the ultimate test.