Through Penelope's eyes we understand the experience of thousands of girls who are kidnapped and become statistics of human trafficking. With the courageous intervention of a young girl, she escapes and ends up living with other children in the Teguciligapa city dump. Her hero is Ulysses, a Nez Perce boy raised in the rugged Wallowa Mountains in Eastern Oregon. He and his six brothers and their Beauceron dog have many adventures and are hunted by a monstrous bear. Ulysses and Penelope fall into a sweet teenage romance. When Ulysees is sent to Southeast Asia in 1968, his quest to win back his true love takes him through the horror of Vietnam, as well as the struggles of professional football and the Olympics. Penelope and her son Telemachus are left alone to work towards the miracle of US citizenship, all the while avoiding the retribution of the international gang to whom she once was a slave.
A bold and deeply personal novel about unthinkable real life drama. You will be surprised and inspired while you gain new insights into human trafficking and immigration through this timeless story of indomitable love.
©2016 Koehler Books (P)2016 Tim White