Young Cuban American in Miami gets tricked into joining the U.S. Army; he was promised a college education. In Iraq he distinguishes himself in combat and is put on a special assignment to locate an army deserter in Colombia. Complications arise.
This story is an anti-war, social statement about Danny Romero, a young Cuban American in Miami who tries to fight his way out of the barrio as a Golden Gloves contender. He's a good athlete, but not the killer/boxer for the fight game. An army recruiter thinks Danny deserves a break; they'll send him to college, and no they don't need more troops in Iraq. Danny joins up and is sent to Iraq.
Although sensitive about being cheated by the army, he distinguishes himself in combat, and exhibits loyalty to his fellow troops and his country. A special assignment takes him to Colombia to track down a renegade soldier who "went native" and entered the drug trade. Difficult decisions must be made amidst ironic realities.