The film is based on real events from the life of the poet Jimmy Santiago Buck. He also wrote the script for the film.
The main character Miklo Welk is a guy from East Los Angeles. He is half-Hispanic and inherited blue eyes, fair skin, and hair from a white father. Because of this, he earned the nickname “Milkweed”. Along with his cousins Paco and Cruz, Miklo was part of an East Los Angeles gang known as the Vatos Locos. By coincidence, Miklo ends up in prison for a long time and goes through the school of life there. In 1972, when Miklo returns, his mother arranges for him to live with her older sister, Dolores. Dolores’ son, Paco, is Miklo’s cousin. And now Miklo remembers how it all began and wants to establish old ties. The protagonist passes through his district, which is familiar to him since childhood. And he finds out that a lot has changed in his absence. His cousin Cruz Candelaria became a talented artist, but became addicted to drugs. And Paco Aguilar works in the police, and now he has a serious conflict with both brothers. Perhaps a meeting on the old streets will change something in their lives?