Seventeen-year-old Maria is a pretty Colombian girl frustrated with life in her small town. She has a monotonous job at a rose plantation; family responsibilities that eat up her paycheck; and a boyfriend who is content drinking with the guys and working as a mechanic.
Maria is not content. She wants more out of life. Her frustration grows stronger when she discovers she is pregnant. When her boyfriend half-heartedly promises to marry her, the proud Maria quickly refuses. When she meets a slick charmer on a motorcycle who suggests an easy way to make a lot of cash quickly, Maria is ready to listen.
She’s offered the chance to smuggle drugs to the U.S. The assignment: swallow large pellets of the drug (tightly wrapped and sealed), fly to the U.S., and wait for the pellets to pass through her digestive system so the drugs can be recovered. Then she can get paid.