In present day Los Angeles, Esmeralda desperately wants out of her secretarial job. The escape act begins at an office party when she strikes up a conversation with Sam, an accountant and literary lover. Amidst salsa, Spanish poetry, and mathematical equations, the two are catapulted out of their everyday lives into an unforgettable lesson on how to love - each other and themselves. Through this unlikely relationship, Esmeralda is able to seek the independence and adventure that await her, and finally embrace what it means to be Earthquake Chica.

Photos by Ellie Levine. More photos available on her Facebook album.