Esperanza was a rich and selfish daughter of a rancher and expected everything to be done for her and in her way.
Until one day when Esperanza's papa dies and soon after there house burns down. In the middle of this Abuelita gets hurt and can not walk. After all of this mayhem Esperanza realizes life won't be the same without all of her riches.
Once on the train to California, Esperanza has an encounter with a young girl. The girl wanted to touch her doll but instead of letting her she shooed her away, and made her cry. With help from Mama Esperanza realizes she is rude and needs to change.
Once Esperanza gets to the camp and sees her house she can't believe her eyes. Though Mama quickly reminds her to be grateful for what they have .
But then one devastating day, Mama gets sick and has to go to the hospital. Once this happens Esperanza has to start working and learns some pretty valuable stuff.
In the end every thing works out and Esperanza learns the valuble lesson of being humble, because it will get you more places than being selfish