Saul Sanchez returns home to the rough Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park -- also known as The Avenues -- after serving a decade-long prison sentence. Once back, Saul seeks a reunion with his estranged young daughter even though her life has moved on, oblivious to his paternity. Guided by a sympathetic parole officer, who discovers his hidden illiteracy, Saul begins writing a letter to his daughter and begins a journey of self-discovery amid pressure from his gangland Avenidas familia. As Saul separates himself from old friends, he reluctantly mentors a troubled teenage neighbor following an all-too-familiar path. Ultimately, Saul puts everything on the line for a second chance. Based on a true story.