This novel is set in the Chilean countryside. Its story starts during Unidad Popular, a political alliance period, under the democratically elected socialist President Salvador Allende, and continues until the years following the military coup headed by General Augusto Pinochet in 1973. The nameless protagonist is the youngest of a family. She has been hardened by life’s circumstances and is abused by an older gentleman, a merchant and landowner of the area. She does not accuse the abuse in a traumatic way, rather as a means of escaping the aridness of a perpetually drought—striken land, where the wind carries with it the withered hopes and dreams of the inhabitants. With the sudden, unanticipated Coup, which affects the protagonist in a tenuous, yet dramatic way, the country becomes divided and enshrouded in shadows, which further discourages and marginalize the vast majority of the Chilean people. The other three novels included are on different but similar topics: childhood, desolation, and abuse of power.
Finalist in the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Mexican literary competition.