When Antonio emerges from prison on his 21st birthday, the streets of East LA are meaner than ever. Trying to rebuild the life he left behind, Antonio needs as many friends as he can get. Soon he finds himself in too deep with Armando de la Rosa, a powerful crime boss. And when de la Rosa begins giving Antonio 'jobs' that blur the in between right and wrong, Antonio questions his loyalty. But de la Rosa is not taking 'no' for an answer and Antonio soon discovers that nothing, not even prison, prepares you for survival on the East side.