Once upon a time But it might as well, because Esperanza leads a fairytale life. Her father is a wealthy landowner in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and Esperanza is his only pampered child. She has silk dresses, porcelain dolls, and all the papaya salad she can eat. Every year after the grape harvest, her parents, grandmother, and all the household servants throw her a huge birthday party. But things take a sudden turn for the worse. It's , and even though the Mexican Revolution is technically over, there's still a lot of resentment against wealthy landowners.