A Earl Stone (Eastwood),
un octogenario que está en quiebra, solo,
y que se enfrenta a la ejecución hipotecaria de su negocio,
se le ofrece un trabajo aparentemente facil:
sólo requiere conducir.
Pero, sin saberlo, Earl se convirte en traficante de drogas para un cártel mexicano,
y pasa a estar bajo el radar del agente de la DEA Colin Bates (Cooper).
This movie is based on a true story of a World War II vet named Leo Sharp.
The film opens with Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood), an elderly man who grows daylilies,
winning another award for his flowers. At the same time, his daughter Iris (Alison Eastwood) is getting re-married elsewhere.
Granddaughter Ginny is initially optimistic that Earl will show up but grandma Mary Stone
– Earl’s ex-wife (Dianne Wiest) knows he will ultimately disappoint everyone.
In fact, Earl stands up his family once more.
10 years later.
The internet flower businesses have driven Earl into foreclosure.
He shows up at Ginny’s birthday party and Iris causes a scene. Mary realizes that Earl is there looking for a place to live, when she sees all the possessions in his beat-up old truck.
One of Ginny’s shady friends gives Earl a business card and tells him he knows someone who is hiring drivers. Good money, no questions asked. Earl finally calls and goes to a garage where Mexican goons put a duffel bag in the back of his truck as well as a cell phone.
He is told to never use the phone but to answer it “night or day.” He is to never look in the bag, park the truck and come back in an hour. He does as told and finds an envelope stuffed with cash in the glove compartment.
Meanwhile, the DEA has brought a new hot shot agent, Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper) to try and catch drug dealers and traffic into the US. He and his partner (Michael Pena) recruit an informer and get to work.
Earl buys himself a new truck and gets his home out of foreclosure. A Korean war vet, he visits the VA and finds it has been gutted by a fire. “If only someone would donate some money to repair it,” says a volunteer, eying Earl’s new truck.
Earl attends Ginny’s wedding but Mary and Iris are distant. Mary tells Earl that if has truly changed, it will take some time and effort. It won’t be instant acceptance.
Earl does another run, impressing the Mexican hoods with his new truck. The cartel boss, Laton, is also amazed that a 90-year-old man nicknamed “El Tata” (Earl) is the most successful new mule for his organization.
The VA holds a big reopening celebration. Earl is a hero. He also pays for granddaughter Ginny’s education and attends her graduation ceremony. Iris is still distant but Mary is starting to come around. But she also has developed a bad cough.
The DEA has learned of the existence of “El Tata” and is beginning to gather clues to his identity. All they know is that he has carried more drugs than any other carrier and he has a black truck. Earl has many several more drug runs and has gained the respect of the Mexican gangsters.
Earl does a run and bumps into DEA agent Colin Bates at a coffee shop, the night after the DEA stakes out a motel looking for El Tata.