"You think you're too good for us," Uncle Luis shouted at Papa in Spanish, "just because you finished high school and have a job in town! My God!"
"He's only a first grader," one of them said. "Just think how tough he's going to be when he's older."
Papa and Uncle Luis argue because Papa wants to move into the town from the New Mexico country. Uncle Luis says that Papa thinks that he is too good for them. Papa explains that it will be closer to work, but the real reason is that Junior, who is about to go into first grade, needed to learn English and would get a better education in town.
"It would be nice for the boys to go together."
"I understand there's a nice movie in town where the boys go Saturday afternoons"
On Junior's first day of school, a tough, brown-faced stood at the corner of the entrance and attempted to trip Junior, but Junior just stepped on the kid's foot hard and walked away. Later that day at recess, the kid and his friends found Junior. Junior stood his ground when he was confronted and when the kid who tried to trip him earlier, Chango, attacked him, Junior's toughness surprised the group. Chango ended up asking Junior to join their gang, and Junior said yes.
"He's not what you think. Just because he doesn't understand Spanish doesn't mean he can't be one of us. He's— he's—, He's an Indian from Oklahoma"
Junior and his gang (which was more like a club), Los Indios, did everything together. One of the most important thing they did was go to the movies. They could barely tolerate cowboy movies, but they admired movies with Spanish/Hispanic protagonists. Eventually a family moved into the vacant house next to Junior's. The family was white and from Oklahoma. They had a blonde kid, and Junior called him Okie. Los Indios started taking the long way home for new adventures, and they saw the Okie on their new path. They started chasing him, but he escaped. One day, they caught him, and beat him up.
Junior and Denver see each other in their backyards and argue with each. Both of their moms come out and say that the two boys should hang out and go to the movies together. When Junior gets back to his house, his dad gives him a decision to bring Denver along or not go at all.
Junior brings Denver along to the movies. At first, the gang doesn't approve, but Junior lies and says that Denver is an albino Indian. The gang goes along with it and they go to the movies. They all enjoyed the movie and Denver was accepted in the end.
At the end, Junior found himself between two worlds. He started off hating, then becoming friends with aliens like Denver. Junior even ended up becoming somewhat of an alien himself. He was more distant from his Spanish origins and started blending in with the English speaking world.