The film is set in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. The main protagonist is Daniel "Danny" Alvarez, a graffiti artist, who is conflicted between loyalty to his father, Miguel Alvarez and his recently released from prison brother, Francisco "Ghost" Alvarez.
Contains examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Miguel was one according to Ghost. He mentions to Danny that he received beatings for "Looking at him wrong." Additionally, by his own admission Miguel didn't visit Ghost once while he was in prison.
- Anti-Villain: While Ghost is the main antaginist of the movie, hes does have a fairly sympathetic Freudian Excuse. Considering his father beat him, his mother died and no one of his family visited him the entire 8 years he was in prison.
- Pimped-Out Car: Not surprising for a film concerned with lowriding Culture, there are several. With their being a large collection of cars on display in the Elysian Park lowrider competition scene and the El Chele exclusive invitation only car show at the end of the movie.
- Shirtless Scene: When Danny has a falling out with his father he decided to go live with Ghost. When he knocks the door Ghost answers shirtless and proceeds to walk around the rest of the scene without his shirt on.