This film is set in the 80's in East LA with a large mexican family who have 3 teenage boys. Their journey for respect, power, money and honour has Miklo (the youngest) prepared to do anything to gain recognition. Miklo is white skinned but has mexican blood and this film takes you on a 3 hour long journey of how Miklo becomes the main leader of La Honda. Paco goes to Police Acadamy and becomes a detective, Cruise becomes a promising artist who is haunted by his brothers death. The twisting, manipulation, disceet and strong powerful bonds will have you gripped from the moment it starts. I have seen this film more than 30 times over the past 10 years. If you liked Boyz in the Hood then you'll love this film. A definate must.