Deep within California’s golden agricultural heartland lies a rotten core: the fictional farming community of Catela, where the desperate realities of poverty, drug abuse, violence, and bigotry play out in the lives of cucarachas and coyotes, tweekers and strippers, wetbacks and white trash. In this land of pain and plenty seventeen-year-old Tlaloc dares to dream, sensing that somewhere within the cruel beauty that surrounds him he may find his own redemption.