Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood in Oriente province to his death in New York City. He joined Castro's rebels. In 1964, he was in Havana. He meets the wealthy Pepe, an early lover; a love-hate relationship lasts for years. Openly homosexual behavior is a way to provoke the government. writing and his homosexuality get it into trouble: he spent two years in prison, wrote to other inmates and smuggling out a novel. He befriended Garriles Lazaro Gomes, whom he lives stateless and poor in Manhattan after leaving Cuba in the Mariel boat lift. When asked why he wrote, he answered happily, \\ u0026quot; revenge \\ u0026quot ;.