Shortly after his mother's death in the early 1970s young Ricardo Deveaux, with no idea why or what might lie in store for him, hitchhikes to New Mexico and the home of his maternal grandmother... whom he hasn't seen in twelve years.
Things don't always go smoothly for a young man raised in the city and Ricardo soon finds that he has a lot to learn. What he never could have imagined is how his life changes when he meets musician, mentor, and storyteller Margarito Montoya.
Everyday people inhabit these pages. From the mundane, extraordinary, humorous, and sometimes sad circumstances of daily life in a New Mexico mountain village, Ricardo learns that things, and people, aren't always what they seem. With the help and complicity of Margarito he soon discovers that legends not only wander through daily life but lie waiting to be made.
Come along with Ricardo and hear the tales of a man cursed by a snake, the demon that fled from being buried in holy ground, a grandson who refused to give up hope, and how a mysterious violin played by an elusive musician not only make for a sleepless night but herald the arrival of a shaggy gray dog. Meet a santero of exceptional skill and learn how a cow becomes the unwitting main attraction in a Holy Week miracle… and so much more.
David Kyea draws from a rich life in New Mexico and the people he knows so well to bring us these fourteen interconnected tales suitable for anyone from Junior High to ninety+.