Esperanza Ortega, a smart, pampered, young Mexican girl from a rich family, ,has everything a young girl could want. She lives with her loving parents on the family's successful plantation rance and dreams of the day she will take over her mother's position of presiding over El Ranchos de las Rosas. When her papa is suddenly killed by bandits, Esperanza and her mother are forced to flee to California to work in a Mexican farm labor camp. There, they face tremendous hardships, and through it all, Esperenza develops confidence and inner strength, learns the value of family and community, and finds hope in her future. 64 pages.