Papa is arguing with his family about moving into the city, he says that he will be closer to work, it's only 5 miles away, and Junior needs to have English be his main language. Uncle Luis doesn't like this because they have always lived in the country. Papa wants Junior to have a better education than the 2 room school that they went to.
As Junior is walking into school and on to his class, a boy, who we later find out is named Chango, puts out his foot and tries to trip Junior, but Junior just stomps on his foot and keeps walking.
At recess Chango found Junior and tried attacking him because earlier he stomped on his foot, but Junior was able to throw him to the ground. When Chango got up, he told Junior to do it again, he did, and then they asked him to join their gang.
Now that Junior is in the Chango Gang, everyday after school they chase down a kid that they refer to as Okie Gringo, or John Wayne. They chase him down and beat him up.
Junior finds out that his new neighbor is the boy he beat up named Denver. Junior's mom comes out and talks with Denver's mom about them going to the movies together, without asking the kids.
Denver goes to the movies with Junior and The Chango Gang, and to lose suspicion, Junior lies and says that Denver is an albino indian. After the movie Junior and Denver become friends.