In the impoverished northern New Mexico town of Milagro, a struggling farmer illegally diverts water intended for a new ski resort onto his barren pinto bean field, setting off the titular war between the Anglo resort owners and the local Hispanic farmers and ranchers.
This film provides examples of:
- Badass Grandpa: Amarante forcing a bulldozer driver off his vehicle at gunpoint, then rigging his vehicle to drive off a cliff and jumping off.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Armarante
- Dying Town: Milagro.
- Meaningful Name: Milagro is Spanish for 'miracle'.
- Our Angels Are Different: They wear Mexican peasant clothing and play the concertina.
- The Trickster: The Coyote Angel.