When Rafael lands on US soil, all he carries are the guitar slung across his back, the rosary around his wrist, and the phone number of an uncle he knows only through pictures. Four months later, he's got a cousin who thinks she's in love with him, an uncle who blames him for that, and the chance of a lifetime, when what was supposed to be a two-week gig at union scale turns into a permanent place as lead guitarist in pop idol Spencer Duncan's backing band.
But Spencer has a secret that his PR team works hard to keep from the girls screaming his name at sold-out concerts, and those on the inside are quick to assume it wasn't Rafael's talent that won him a place in the band.
Music, freedom, caviar for breakfast in five-star hotel rooms--there's an undertow to the life Spencer offers, with its pull stronger than the current breaking off the rocky Havana shores where Rafael swam as a boy, his eyes fixed on the northern horizon.
Rafael soon learns that leaving Cuba was the easy part: with freedom comes choices, and the distance between Miami and Havana, fame and contentment, might be wider than an ocean.
He's a Cuban rock star? then what?
You've got the backstory and a description of the hero.
You need three more things: conflict, adversary, motivation.
You need to be specific: with freedom comes choices is a platitude not a description.