His behavioral issues develop and after repeating year twice and getting suspended three times, he barely graduates elementary school. Nobody comes to the graduation ceremony from his mother's family, and is very vulnerable.
His grandmother becomes intolerant to his bad behavior, so Enrique has to move in with Uncle Marco (one of Lourdes' older brothers) and his family. Enrique soon develops a close relationship with his Uncle.
His Uncle Marco and Uncle Victor are murdered in a job when transporting money. Enrique moves in with his maternal grandmother Agueda, in the same house where he began. They live in a full and poor house, and the whole family is very sad about the deaths. Enrique is lost without Marco's love, and becomes quiet and introverted.
Enrique falls in love with their neighbor, María Isabel and after a while so does she. Enrique starts hanging out with MS, and begins to do drugs and inhale glue.
His grandmother Agueda and the rest of the family kick Enrique out of their home and force him to go live in the small shack outside. His drug problems get even worse and he has some problems with María Isabel.
Out of despair, Enrique decides that he will try to travel to the United States and look for his mother to reunite with her. María Isabel begs him not to go, but after he gathers some food and money and says his goodbyes, Enrique sets out towards the US.