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Broken down, ex-con, one-time great surfer Sam Fahey makes his meager living by rounding up feral dogs along the Mexico-USA border and raising worms on his farm that he inherited from his deadbeat, evil father.
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His life has seemingly no meaning, until he rescues an apparent illegal alien; a beautiful Mexican woman who has come across the border via the ocean. He bands together with her to find her assailants who nearly killed her, causing her to flee across the border. These assailants are working for a larger that is obviously related to one of the companies that has placed factories in Mexico and is poisoning the land, the water, and the people who live there.

Sam is not merely a burned out surfer turned drug dealer...he is one of maybe two time surfers who ever surfed the "Mystic Peak." This forgotten, beautiful life is brought back to the present by Magdalena as she quietly questions him and gives him the human feeling that he has lost.

The two assailants are products of the maquiladoras that are poisoning everything around them. They were once meaningful and productive men, but have gone bad due to their circumstances and the graft and greed of their country's politics. They are trying to silence Magdalena for many reasons, but mostly for the money they will receive when she is dead.   

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting evil big business Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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