El Mar is a 2000 story of three children Francisca, Ramallo and Manuel who witness more they can handle during the Spanish civil war. They are reunited as adults ten years later in a tuberculosis sanatorium. Manuel has been there for some while when Ramallo shows up and Francisca works as a nurse. Manuel's boyhood crush on Ramallo creeps back but being a devote catholic he struggles to shrug it away. Ramallo is a black marketer and a gay for pay play boy for a much older man who runs a smuggling operation. He torments Manuel and other patients with his gay sexual adventures which get them riled up.