I hate you, Mom! You're ruining my life!
A woman gives birth to her third son in the back of a pick up truck, while her young husband lies dead nearby in a creek bed. Left alone to raise her three boys on their vast Mexican ranch, she grows resentful as life seems to pass her by.
Years later, she finds love and a chance at a new life in New York City, and she wishes her sons to run the ranch once she leaves. But the oldest yearns only to be an artist and falls in love with a woman that she cannot accept into their family. After an angry fight, two sons join the army, in time for the Vietnam War and all the grief that will bring. She then pulls the youngest son from high school and gives him the responsibility of managing the ranch which is supposed to make him a man but only serves to drive him farther away from her.
None of the sons want what their mother has strived to protect, and the land she's fought so hard to keep together is about to come undone, as is her family if she chooses to pursue her own happiness.