At the beginning of the 19th century, in central Chile, a dazzling duel between the landowner Javier de la Rosa and a labourer of slave descent known as the "mulato Taguada" took place. Two centuries later, a young man hears this story from the mouth of Nicanor Parra himself and, amazed, decides to investigate the scenarios and implications of this famous counterpoint.
Taguada is a choral novel narrated by various characters: researchers, payadores (improvising folk trovadors), priests, fairground workers, soldiers, journalists, gravediggers and poets, who end up asking more than answering questions. Is it true that they competed for ninety-six hours? Is it true that the boss was crowned and that Taguada had a disastrous future?