Eva Fernandez swims to shore, and collapses. When she awakens, she finds herself stranded on a beach in south Texas - alone in a foreign land with nothing.
In 1960, Fidel Castro celebrates his victory over President Batista. Not everyone is happy with the outcome. Eva and Franco Fernandez make the dangerous choice of escaping to the north: to the United States. The trip does not go well and the two are separated, neither, for a time, knowing if the other is alive.
Eva bears the worst of it.