CAN YOU REDEEM YOUR LIFE IN A CORRUPT WORLD? That’s the question for Callie Byrne, a street savvy Iraq vet recently out of drug rehab for heroin addiction, trying to reignite her life and regain custody of her son.
Bartending in Philadelphia when a friend gets entangled with her ex-dealer, Callie must navigate the underground world of drug and sex trafficking between the jungles of Guatemala and a shady Manhattan leather import business. When she meets Ixchel, a young Mayan woman who wants to be smuggled to the U.S., there are no easy answers and no easy way out.
Backstrap is a morally complex tale of the ordinary and harrowing decisions that define the lives of two young women connected across America’s borders and struggling with their own guilty pasts, dreams of new life, and the acts