Six-year-old Tony tells about his relationship with the Catholic church and a woman named Ultima over several years of his childhood. What does Tony see when he hides by the river? Why is Uncle Lucas sick? Why does Tenorio blame Ultima for the deaths of his daughters?
A masterpiece of Hispanic literature from "one of the nation's foremost Chicano literary artists" (Denver Post). This is the involving story of Antonio, a boy facing the conflicts in his life with the help of Ultima, a curandera who cures with herbs and magic. At each turn of Tony's life, she is there to nurture his soul