California is a strong brand, a land of dreams, movie stars, surfers and has a wonderful climate all year. But the state is practically bankrupt and the city of Los Angeles has no more cash. Public services are being scaled back and unemployment has been steadily increasing. But even in these dire financial times, feelings of entrepreneurship, optimism and a belief in America are stronger than ever before.
This documentary focuses on five people who are undergoing a life transformation during the financial crisis. Christine and Justin are unemployed and are now inhabiting a van with their sons. Charles has recently been released from prison after 14 years. Mizuko immerses her children in virtual reality to prepare them for the future. Laura has started an urban farm after buying some cheap land. How do these pioneers who are reinventing their America see the future?