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Xiara Trujillo is a precocious seven-year-old who moved from the Bronx to Maryland with her mom, Aracelli Guzman, four years ago. Though she seems happy hanging out and playing with her pal Melissa, Xiara becomes defensive and emotional when talking about her father, Harold Linares.

As we see and learn, Harold is in jail serving a ten-year sentence for weapons possession; Xiara seems to blame his incarceration on her mother, whom she says "kept calling the police." Xiara, who has always been extremely close to her father, acts out with her mother.

As we get to know Harold in prison, we find that he has ambitions to be a hip-hop star, and loves to sing rap songs whenever he talks to Xiara on the phone, or when she comes to see him in prison (the jail is in DC, only a few miles away). For her part, Xiara shares her father's love of music, and composes her own rap songs that she sings back at her father.

Usually, however, despite putting on a brave front, Xiara's encounters with Harold end ...

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