Eddie lives in the town of Fresno, California. He lives in a neighborhood that is quite poor. The author explains how the town has been in poverty since Eddie was little.
There are many conflicts that Eddie faces, but the two main conflict would be the struggle of finding a job and dealing with the recent murder of his cousin.
As Eddie goes off and on job wise, he's still getting pressured by Angel and Eddie's aunt pressure Eddie to find his cousin's killer. Eddie has speculation that Angel killed his cousin.
Eddie becomes confident that it was Angel who killed his cousin. He confronts Angel and a friend of Angel's. They then engage in a fight. Which Eddie comes out on top of.
Eddie decides that enough is enough and decides to join the navy and finally get out of Fresno once and for all. He said his goodbyes and leaves for the navy
Eddie is finally making it out of Fresno. He joined the navy and is now on the way to the training base. As he's traveling there in a truck full of people, the truck breaks down. Eddie steps out of the truck and walks towards a field of onions with a man grabbing some. Eddie realizes he can't escape his problems.