Lisbon. In a river side school, a young boy is challenged by his teacher to write an essay about his summer vacations. What should be a pure, fun-filled story, turns into an honest, cringing confession on a family falling apart at the seams. A daily life of anguish, fear and lies. Through the voice of this kid, “A Bridge in California” tells us a story of hope and suffering, of broken dreams and the fantasies we create to help us face reality.