A STREET GIRL
Her name is Teresa Mendoza, a beautiful Mexican girl who exchanges dollars on the streets of Sinaloa. Years later the world will know her as the Queen of the South, but for now she is just a girl who can barely fend off an abusive boss.
One day she meets Güero, a handsome man who will perform the gallant gesture of beating her boss and ridding her of him. Of course, she loses her job, but Güero offers that she go with him. He is a drug dealer and introduces Teresa to his world, where not everything is crime and violence. There, Teresa meets Chino and Brenda, a nice couple who, along with Güero, make her feel like she finally has a family.
It's Christmas, and Güero invites Teresa to the house of Don Epifanio, his grandfather and mentor. Teresa accidentally hears a conversation between Epifanio and his wife. The drug lord has plans to become governor of Sinaloa, but his wife doesn’t want to leave the narco-business. Teresa and Don Epifanio meet in a hallway and for the first time she shakes the hand of a man who will impact her life forever.
GÜERO IS DEAD
Güero and Teresa have been together for a year, and life treats them well. However, he knows that happiness doesn’t last long for a mafioso, so he tells Teresa that if something happens to him, she must take a very important notebook to Don Epifanio, and give it to him in exchange for her life.
One day the phone rings, and a voice informs her that Güero is dead, and that she must leave home immediately. She finds out Chino will also be killed, and runs to his house to try to prevent it. She doesn’t make it in time, but at least she rescues Brenda and her son, and the three of them escape in an SUV. The assassins chase and corner them, but Teresa won’t give up. She crashes the SUV into their truck and leaves the scene walking away. Teresa takes one path, and Brenda and her child, another one.
Teresa knows her life is in danger, so she must find the notebook Güero told her about. She finds it in an old apartment, but soon the murderers will find her there. One of them rapes her, but all of a sudden something strange happens. Teresa sees her future self, the Queen of the South, and this apparition tells her to do something. Teresa gets the message, finds a gun, shoots her attacker in the face, and runs away.
HELP ME, DON EPIFANIO
Teresa meets with Don Epifanio and gives him the notebook. He refuses to help her but finally gives in to her pleas. Both of them get in a car driven by one of Epifanio’s men and take the road to an unknown destination. Suddenly they stop, and it happens again. Teresa sees the Queen of the South who tells her “something has changed” in the drug lord’s plans. Back on the road, she pulls out a gun and asks Don Epifanio to stop the vehicle. He tries violently to get the gun from Teresa, who shoots the driver in the back of his head. The car ends up upside down on the side of the road, and Teresa escapes, ignoring Epifanio, who is seriously wounded and asking for her help.
WELCOME TO AMERICA
Teresa stops at a gas station to heal her wounds, but her pursuers find her and take her to see their boss –Don Epifanio’s wife, who takes Teresa’s hand and recognizes her. She asks “Why do you think my husband went as far as the desert to find you?" But Teresa doesn’t know what to say. Instead, she asks where she is. In Dallas, Texas, the woman says, and one more time the image of the Queen of the South appears to tell her: "America… You are gonna love it here."