Dragged by her mother to California, seventeen-year old Diana Morris is miserable and would give anything to be back on the East Coast. She hates Elvis, thinks poodle skirts are overrated, and couldn't jitterbug her way out of a paper bag.
All this changes when she lays eyes on Rosario Vargas, a young Chicano farm laborer who dresses like a man and sings rock'n'roll in a lesbian nightclub. The proud owner of a cherry-red Studebaker truck, Rosario is tough, stubborn, and isn't going to let anybody get in the way of her dreams.
Can Diana overcome her fears and let Rosario know her secret before it's too late? Can she leave behind everything she's ever known and fight for the love of a woman who shows no interest in reciprocating her feelings?
Find out the answer in this scorching tale of love, courage and transformation that sweeps from the foothills of Southern California's San Fernando Valley to the sultry cabarets of New York City's sizzling underground scene.