Ben & Chon are business partners in a lucrative marijuana business on Laguna Beach. Ben is a new-age millennial philanthropist / botanist and Chon is a army vet from the Afghan war. They have complementary skills and manage the business with the help of like-minded Californians. Their product is a high-margin, customers are loyal, rich & discerning and their market is a niche one geographically limited to southern California. They have a former banker who now almost exclusively manages their money; a dirty cop who uses their product to treat his wife helps out and Chon's army buddies are good friends of the business. Like a typical 'Nike-business-model' they control the core and outsource everything else. Overheads are kept low, ambitions are limited and managing the product and commercials is how they spend their limited working hours.
The seed was sown (literally and metaphorically) when Chon smuggled the best Afghan poppies via the military and Ben genetically modified the crop to max out the active ingredient.
They maintain a household-of-three of sorts with Ophelia - the love of their lives and they are hers. O, as she prefers and is affectionately called is a spoilt brat who loves brands, therapy, travel and has a love-hate relationship with her mother.
Like tech, the drug business has its giants and soon enough the Baja cartel comes calling with an offer to absorb Ben and Chon's outfit into their mega-corp. The cartel is kind enough to use a carrot-and-stick approach with them (as opposed to just the stick). Ben and Chon with their limited ambitions and love of freedom and flexibility decline. They prepare the cash out with whatever liquidity they can manage and take O with them to the other side of the world. But the Baja cartel gets figures out the plan and kidnap O as leverage to keep Ben and Chon's production flowing.
With no white knight to rescue them from the inevitable hostile takeover Ben & Chon have limited options. They decide to sow the seeds of doubt in the Baja cartel to strike back and eventually rescue O.
A clash of cultures - old world Mexican warlords versus new world American assassins. And drugs, botany, corporate takeovers, medical marijuana, crooked cops, polyandry, missing heads, Shakespeare. Dark, amusing, violent and gritty.