CROWN OF TEARS SYNOPSIS
When Refugio and her three kids, Patricio, Edmundo and Ignacio are thrown out of their home, they arrive by chance in Mexico City where they start a new life. 18 years later, they are already settled in a small apartment at a low-income neighborhood. She has got a modest job and even though she suffers from serious vision problems, she neglects her health to attend her son´s needs. Patricio studies law and dreams of a comfortable and thriving future; Edmundo studies medicine and is a bright but undisciplined student; and Ignacio was only able to finish junior high-school since he works at a repair shop to help his mom pay for the house expenses and his brothers´ studies.
Patricio has started dating Lucero, Julieta´s daughter, who provided them with accommodation when they first arrived in the city, but short after, he rejects her when he meets Olga, a shifty character girl whose fortune blinds him leading him to become embarrassed of his family and lie about his origins to the point of denying his mother. Olga begins to mistrust Patricio´s lies so she spies on him and discovers he lives modestly. Exposed, he lies to her again telling her that Refugio used to be his nanny and he must look after her due to a mental disease she suffers; she admires his generosity. Refugio unsuccessfully tries to make Patricio understand he would never be happy with Olga. After that, Edmundo starts wooing Lucero, hurting Ignacio unintentionally who was secretly in love with her.
When the man who ruined Refugio´s and here children´s life accidentally crosses their lives again, Patricio learns the truth about his origins and about the efforts his mother made despite all the adversities. The pain for his own failures has defeated Patricio´s arrogance; he begs Refugio for forgiveness and agrees to defend his brother which finally brings harmony back to the family.