Miguel gets a letter from his dad, that says come to the USA we got a plan for you. Elena gets angry that Miguel is going to leave her in Mexico, and Abuelita give Miguel her special Virgin Mary medallion.
Miguel gets on a bus expecting to get to the market to meet his coyote, along the was he meets Javi and finds out his sister is also on the bus. This gets them sent to Guatemala.
In Guatemala the 3 escape the immigration center and decider to ride the "Mata Gente" to get to the USA. Later Javi hurts his ankle so they take a ride to Miguel's original coyote.
Welcome to California 🐻
Miguel's coyote gives them gear for the desert. He tells them many survival tips for the desert and makes sure they are ready for the worst days of their lives.
The coyote helped them walk through the desert for a bit and then let them go on their own. When they were almost to the US Javi gave up and disappered.
finally they made it to the USA, specifically California. They were so happy to see their parents but Elena still didn't feel as happy in the USA so she went back to Mexico.