Flavio is a young Mexican-American boy growing up in a rural town in New Mexico. He has a special relationship with El Grande, his grandfather - an old man whose powerful persona and hex-barrel Winchester are the symbol of order in the village. Alongside his grandfather, Flavio is on his way to manhood through hard ranch work. But the coming of electricity and the U.S. Forest Service and a large sawmill, all brought by Gringos just after World War II, will forever change the culture of the town. The strong yet gentle guiding hand of El Grande must now compete with the lure of all that is new and exciting. EFlavio is torn between the seductiveness of progress and his loyalty to the village traditions so steadfastly preserved by his grandfather.