|Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez||Rosa Xuncax|
|David Villalpando||Enrique Xuncax|
|Ernesto Gómez Cruz||Arturo Xuncax|
When a group of Mayan Indians decides to organize a labor union to improve conditions in their village, their community is violently destroyed by the Guatemalan army. Teenage siblings, Rosa and Enrique manage to escape the massacre and decide to start a new life in El Norte -- the USA. The two trek through Mexico, meeting a variety of characters and facing trials and tribulations on their journey toward lives as illegal immigrants in Los Angeles.