Out of the mesa’s uncompromising loneliness, an Indian boy grows into adulthood. His Grandfather, in a strange metamorphosis, grows also. The people who take an interest in the strange pair come to grow in ways never expected. Ben and his insatiable thirst for knowledge of a language soon to be lost, English born Anna, with her love of her adopted home and many fears, Travis looking for love, Maggie, who exiled herself to the mesa, and Sara, who grows up in the shadow of two cultures, friends with the Indian boy in a silent alliance that foreshadows something more. Nora and her brother Jerry, carefree and secure until one incident brings ugliness they can’t ignore and their stepsister, Ramona, who finds a family too late. A child, Consuela, witness to a crime that she can’t tell anyone about, all form this story of a community scattered across the New Mexico desert mesa.