Soderbergh's examination of America's misguided and failing war on drugs is full of dynamic characters, but none are more impressive—or scary—than that of Los Angeles socialite Helen Ayala.

When her husband is outed as one of the biggest cocaine distributors in the country and arrested, she puts on her game face and proceeds to do whatever is necessary to keep her family (and lifestyle) intact. This includes conferring with high-profile assassins to organize a hit on key witnesses, and negotiating high-priced drug deals with cartel bosses...while six-months pregnant with her second child.