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In a Central American country, the President, the anonymous and blurry dictator, is so powerful that his decisions rule every move. His favorite assistant, Cara de Angel, is placed in charge of a mission to eliminate General Canales, an enemy of the government. Canales escapes, his daughter Camila falls sick and Cara de Angel secretely takes care of her, ultimately falling in love with her.
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This, of course, is seen as a treason by the President, who gradually takes revenge. He orders Cara de Angel to go to Washington for a mission, which he looks as an opportunity to escape. So Cara de Angel tells Camila, with whom he has had a baby, that once in Washington he will send her a letter and that they will find some way for her to join him.
However, it's all a trap. Cara de Angel is arrested and incarcerated. In prison, he lives in fear and is told that Camila has become the President's new mistress, while Camila, alone in the countryside with the baby, waits forever but has to struggle with the idea that her husband has abandoned them.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   surviving repressive dictatorship Lover is    -   an historical enemy

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   6 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Central Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   impregnation/reproduction Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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