Amid beauty and humid heat so real you can see and feel them, Minda grows to womanhood certain that her Filipino grandmother was right, she is destined for greatness. How can this be when her parents, indoctrinated into the Catholic Church by the Spanish conquerors of the Philippines, intend her to marry a local village lad? It is he who gets her accepted into the KKK, the revolutionary army, but she loves him only as a friend. She has a passion for Hernando, a captain in the occupying army.
Captain Hernando de Abreu is the second son of a wealthy aristocratic Spanish family who will inherit nothing and has joined the army because he has rejected the church and his father’s corrupt politics. His first kill on secondment to the Philippines is a young boy, ridden down and stabbed after an attack on the Spanish barracks, and it’s a nightmare that haunts him. Love for Minda, and his own conviction that the Spanish have no rights in the Philippines, causes him to change sides, but will he be accepted by the KKK?
Fast-paced and graphically passionate, this is a love story set against a bloody conflict for freedom – gripping and full of surprises.