When he was a child in the sixties, Roberto moved with his father from their home in Havana to create a new life in Miami. Thirty-two years later, after the death of his overbearing father, Roberto returns to Cuba in the hope of finding the mother his father claims abandoned them both. In Havana, Roberto meets up with his cousin Pilar, who tells him the truth about his past: His well-to-do father had kidnapped him from his lower-class mother. With this new information, Roberto sets out to find her, Pilar at his side. The journey takes them to the other end of the island where they discover that Roberto's mother was once institutionalized following a breakdown caused by her son's disappearance. They continue their search, turning up clues along the way, but beset by thieves, suspicious authorities and snags at every turn. At last, Roberto's diligent efforts are rewarded, in more ways than he might have hoped.