A shy 5-year-old boy stands outside his house clutching his mother’s leg. He knows something is wrong.
“Don’t forget to go to church this afternoon,” she prods him, holding back tears. Then she bids farewell to his sister and aunt and walks off, never to return again.
“Where is my mother?” the boy wails. Left in the care of relatives, his life goes into a downward spiral. Finally, after years of waiting, the boy — now a teenager — sets out to find her. Alone.
The boy is Enrique, a youngster from Honduras. Heartbroken by his mother’s absence, at age 15, he embarks on the treacherous journey north.