Humberto Fuentes (Federico Luppi), is a wealthy doctor who is closing in on retirement age, through his life he hasn't really given much thought to the realities of the political life of his country.
He considers the greatest achievement of his life is his "legacy," his participation in an international health program in which he trained young students to work as doctors in the poorest villages of Mexico and to work with Indians in remote pueblos.
However Dr. Fuentes' wife suddenly dies and to the horror and shock of his children, and his most prominent patient, an army general, he decides to announce his intention to visit his students in the mountains.
He decides to visit them to confirm their good work but finds a world of guerrillas and soldiers very different from the one he imagined for his students. Soon accompanied on his quest by an orphan boy and a deserter, he finds that men with guns have reached his students first.
An excellent, beautoiful yet sad film which looks at the state of Mexico's Indians today.