A grisly murder rocks Los Angeles in 1938, exposing undercurrents of social and political tension, and bringing into focus the city's rich history, from the building of its first freeways and traditions of Mexican-American folklore to Third Reich espionage and the rise of radio evangelism.
Peter Craft, Elsa and the boys are trapped in their car amid a riot as Tiago tries to help Mateo. Townsend celebrates the sudden rise of his political fortunes. Tiago and Molly face reality about their relationship and Molly confronts Miss Adelaide. Lewis and Tiago rush to protect Brian from the Nazis. The Vega family gathers for a moving Day of the Dead ceremony.
Lewis confronts Townsend in his office; Tiago questions Adelaide; Rio implores Mateo to embrace her and the Pachucos; Peter visits Linda at the asylum; Townsend and Kurt go on a dangerous outing; and Frank terrorizes Tom and Trevor as Maria fights to protect them from the demonic child.
Molly visits Tiago at his apartment as he wrestles with guilt over Diego's confession; Dottie and Lewis confront Brian for lying about his dueling allegiances; Elsa and Frank move in with the Crafts; Josefina's newfound faith puts her at odds with her family; Lewis enlists Tiago to join his covert operations; and Maria summons Santa Muerte, but an uninvited guest arrives with her.
Tiago and Molly visit Santa Monica Pier in an effort to escape their complicated lives. Livid at the murder of his friends, Lewis interrogates Brian Koenig, a young Cal-Tech student. Townsend and Alex's political agenda is jeopardized when Councilwoman Beverly Beck vows to fight them. Peter Craft discovers a dark truth when he visits Elsa at home. Mateo visits the Crimson Cat dance hall and is invited into a seductive, dangerous new world.
Raul Vega lies on the brink of death as his brother Mateo meets the charismatic Pachuco Fly Rico. Meanwhile, Tiago and Lewis's investigation leads them to the temple of the radio evangelist Sister Molly Finnister and her formidable mother, Miss Adelaide. And Councilman Townsend and his cunning assistant Alex capitalize on the discord in the city to further their political goals.
Series premiere. In 1938 Los Angeles, Det. Tiago Vega and his partner investigate a murder, while at City Hall, Tiago's activist brother Raul Vega battles with Councilman Charlton Townsend over the construction of California's first freeway. Elsewhere, Peter Craft, the head of the German-American Bun, meets Elsa, the mysterious mother of one of his patients. Sensing danger, Tiago's mother Maria pleads with Santa Muerte to protect her family as the rising tensions in the city threaten to explode.
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