Esperanza lives with her mother, father, abuelita on a "el rancho de las Rosas", a large vineyard in the 1930's Mexico. With the families wealth andhardworking servants by their side, Esperanza has lived a happy life with plenty of things.
When esperanzas father died by bandits, his brothers tio luis and tio marco try to take over the ranch. When the mother rejects tio luis propasal, he burns down their home and vineyard. After this the rest of the family and the servants Hortensia, Alfonso and Miguel secretly flee the country and move to the U.S but sadly the had to Abuelita behind for now.
Esperanza is struggling to adjust to her working and the poor living conditions in a camp in Los Angeles. When her mother goes to the hospital, Esperanza takes her mama's place and starts to work in the fields. Every week she saves a lttle money for the journey of abuelita to come to the U.S
Esperanza reaches her limits and tells Miguel she has no more hope for the future. The next day Miguel Disappears, taking all of Esperanza's money she was saving with him.
Eventually Mama gets to come home from thehospital and a little later, Miguel returns back and has a huge surprise for Esperanza. Miguel had brought Abuelita all the way to the U.S for esperanza.
Esperanza celebrates her first birthday since papas death. She has gone through some difficulties and struggles but has grown stronger from it. As a result her family is al together, and she once has hope for the future.