Director Joshua Marston's powerful tale introduces us to a determined young woman whose desire for a brighter future leads her into a world of unimaginable danger. Maria Alverez (Catalina Sandino Moreno, Best Actress Oscar Nominee 2005), a bright, spirited 17 year old, lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia. Desperate to leave her job stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation, Maria accepts a lucrative offer to transport packets of heroin - which she must swallow - to the United States. The ruthless world of international drug trafficking proves to be more than Maria bargained for as she becomes ultimately entangled with both drug cartels and immigration officials. Though not based on a true story, it is a story that happens every day.
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