Alvarez (Catalina Sandino), 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. The dramatic thriller builds toward
a conclusion so powerful and revealing it could only be based on a
thousand true stories.