The inevitable turn of the century California Malaise has finally settled on old hippies Max and Carlotta, and they flee to Mexico. They build one house with their Mexican crew and become enamored of Mexico, the land and the people. Like their namesakes Maximillian and Carlotta long ago, they have idealistic dreams for their company and their new, adopted countrymen, their loyal workers. And like that ill-fated couple, they will be all the while ignorant of the forces that move against them, business rivals, bureaucrats and, most fiercesome of all, a religious scourge, a Hindu swami intent on divine retribution.
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