Leroy Lowe (Tom Sizemore), grand dragon of the Texas Ku Klux Klan confronts everything he’s been taught to hate when he’s sentenced to three years of hard labor on a prison work farm, where Warden Merville (Stacy Keach), dead set on rehabilitating Leroy, chooses Emilio (Hector Jimenez), a Hispanic field worker imprisoned for fighting for labor rights, to be his cellmate.
Leroy, confined in a small cell with the “enemy,” far from the KKK comrades who deserted him, finds the chatty Emilio slowly chipping away at his anger and prejudice.
His weekly rehabilitation meetings with the warden, barely tolerable as the man drones on about farm labor and field crops, take on a different meaning when Madalena (Olga Segura), a beautiful Mexican maid is hired to clean the warden’s office. An unconventional love story develops that opens Leroy’s eyes to the possibility of a different life. And a man who was a born and bred racist finds himself heading down a path to redemption.