Ground by Lisa Dillman examines the bonds of family and community when tested by circumstance, personal conviction, and shifting political and societal norms. Zell Preston inherits her father's struggling pecan farm and moves back to her childhood home in Fronteras, New Mexico. She finds the once-united border community completely changed: the government is cracking down on undocumented immigration, families are divided, and neighbors are in conflict.
Chuy Gallegos, a foreman at the Preston farm for 30 years, demands the piece of land he says Zell's father promised him long ago. Ines Sandoval and her sister, Angie Zelaya, contend for the return of their recently-deported aunt. The community, and even his family, force Angie's husband, Carl, to justify his employment with the Border Patrol. Cooper Daniels, an industrial pecan grower, leads a civilian border surveillance group and decides to build a border fence with the help of volunteers. These polarized personae are poised to clash in Ground.