“Don't piss anyone off.” That is the direction given to graduate student Jenny Dunfree by her boss as he sends her off to live in a jungle near the Colombian border and continue her study of the remarkable harpy eagle. But this simple order proves difficult for Jenny to follow as she learns that the nearby town of Kuna requires her to attend all town functions. While at first she is overwhelmed by the cultural divide, she is able to find comfort and friendship among some of the townspeople, although she struggles to resist
handsome and mysterious Ceferino. Through their evolving relationship, the reader is able to divine the region's dangerous and seductive beauty, and the nature of the indigenous outlook, while Jenny battles spirits that seem intent on conquering her very soul. It is clear from her gorgeous descriptions that Young knows this wild place and its people intimately. Her striking debut is a seductive, exciting, and eye-opening tale of cultural collision, revelation, and understanding.
Causes Louise Young Supports
articulation of indigenous rights (organization: Cultural Survival)
sustainable, renewable, and independent energy sources