This was hardship for the people of of the Dust Bowl, who were immigrants to California and treated with a profound disrespect. Picking in the fields and treated as sub human, this was not a pretty chapter in America. Elsa and her two children leave Texas and their grand parents farm in search of work and a better life but wind up living in a River bank camp with people I'm their situation; no jobs, money or homes. Hired to pick cotton, Elsa discovers that despite a cabin and buying on credit, picking cotton comes with anew set of chains. Organizing to fight this inequity is the answer, but big farm owners will violently fight those who stand up.