Five orphaned siblings, foraging the hills of Pennsylvania in the1890’s, find employment on a large estate. There they meet Isabel, a fanatic raising money, funds for the revolution in The Pearl of the Antilles. She hires the oldest brother to smuggle arms into Cuba and, soon after, the remaining siblings discover the perversions of the estate’s heir and are consequently scattered across the globe.
Severed from their fiercely protective brothers and sisters, their character flaws and weaknesses threaten their survival. Raised by a military man, the two sisters face additional obstacles, as does Isabel, by refusing to adopt subservient roles. Their defiance periodically evokes men’s rage, illustrated when one is tossed into the Chicago River’s icy waters, and another is blinded then institutionalized and left to converse with the insane. The brothers flout danger: braving stormy seas and the same assassins Spain has unleashed at Jose Marti; riling the Spaniards with Yellow Journalistic exaggerations; and abetting Isabel when she cries, “You have to get me aboard The Maine, tonight!”
Meanwhile, on Havana’s sultry back streets, bone weary from three years of rebellion, Isabel’s Cuban lover wonders if he’s lost her in his obsessive search for the black-hearted man whose betrayal led his friends, Marti, and resplendent General Antonio Maceo to their deaths.
They were humbled into solemn desperation. To what lengths would love compel one to go, in order to save another? Whose prayers to be reunited would be answered? My novel, “Sand of the Pearl”, is their tale.
What, no mention of the kitchen sink?
You've got so much going on here it's hard..no, impossible, to follow.
Who is the main character? Please don't tell me it's five orphans. Pick one.
Who's the bad guy?
This is a mess.