A Novel of Culture and Conflict on a Caribbean Island When a prostitute is beaten on a Caribbean island, no one realizes that this seemingly minor event will light a fuse to blow apart the old, corrupt social order. Pursuing healing for the wounded young woman and for other poor workers, members of the community become targets of ruthless entrepreneurs planning to reap big profits while despoiling the island's rich environment: - Monica, a prostitute by choice, controls every aspect of her life and her bordello, until her world crumbles and she must make hard decisions. - Rosie, an American professor and healer, must forsake the comfortable roles of teacher and wife as she faces her husband's involvement in the schemes. - Pide, a homeless beggar, brings unexpected wisdom, humor, and friendship to those he touches. - Abuelita and Don Tuto, leaders of the island outcasts who live in the darkness of its vast cave system fed by an underground river, guide the way toward a new relationship with the land. These characters and others must heal their own hidden wounds before bringing light to bear on the shadowy power brokers. Along the way, they illuminate the complex island issues of drug dealing, prostitution, urban growth, and environmental destruction, holding out hope for new directions.