A young Texan named John Grady Cole finds himself without a home after his mother sells the ranch where he has spent his entire life. Lured by the romance of cowboy life and the promise of a fresh start, Cole and his pal embark on a journey south of the border.
Along the way, they cross paths with a volatile 13-year-old misfit , an encounter that will precipitate much of the trouble that lies ahead. Before long, Cole falls in love with the beautiful young daughter of a wealthy landowner, an affair forbidden by her family. What follows is an adventure that will test their resilience, define their maturity, and change their lives forever