Sandy is a twenty-two-year-old orphan and would-be filmmaker who at a young age is sent to live in El Salvador with her godmother, a woman whom she has never met and who may hold the secret to breaking the town's curse: no babies have been born alive in seven years.
When Sandy returns to Washington, D.C., she attends George Washington University where she meets Professor Smith, with whom she slowly begins to fall in love. But, Sandy's past still haunts her, preventing her from surrendering her heart to the man she loves.
She also meets Elena, a sixty-something-year-old woman who serves peas and mashed potatoes in one of the school's cafeterias. There is something mysterious and intriguing about Elena, pulling Sandy to her.
Sandy decides to ask Elena if she would be willing to share her life story with her. Elena, who desperately wants to unburden herself, agrees to tell Sandy her story.
During the making of the film, secrets are revealed and mysteries unraveled, forcing Sandy to come to terms with her own past and she begins to understand what the term, Sweetwater American, really means.
Will Sandy be able to overcome her demons and surrender her heart to true love?
- Eileen Cruz Coleman, March 2013
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