Set in rural upstate New York, Peggy Stewart turns to the world of undocumented migrant labor to maintain their dairy farm when her husband, Frank, begins to lose his battle with cancer. She can no longer continue to take care of her husband and the farm all by herself. The American labor pool for manual farm labor is too often filled with petty criminals, which leaves her no other option if she is to continue farming to pay their bills. Through her connection with the milk company, Almarío Santiago Lopez, “Río”, arrives early one morning confronted by Peggy’s fears, prejudices, and scanty Spanish. After a rocky start, he rapidly becomes a valued worker and trusted friend to Peggy.
As other members of Río's family arrive to briefly stay with him, Peggy learns about Mexican culture and values. Peggy is shocked to hear the horrendous stories of crossing the Border between the US and Mexico. She is amazed how migrant workers must live. Hiring a Mexican worker brings a flood of neighborhood gossip and criticism of Peggy. As she endures the hateful comments, even from Frank who is against the Mexican worker, Peggy acquires a new strength of character, self-awareness, and empowerment. Her feelings for Río grow and the realities of her compromised marriage become apparent. Río is a source of strength as Peggy’s life unravels.