Epic saga that begins during the Spanish civil war (1936-1939) with the exodus of thousands of refugees walking over the Pyrenees into France. The small family of Victor and pregnant Roser soon joins Pablo Neruda’s voyage on the Winnipeg through the Panama Canal to Chile, where they gradually create a new life. However the political and idealogical conflicts in their native Spain repeat themselves in their new homeland. In 1973 a U.S.-backed military coup deposes the populist government of Salvadore Allende. Thousands of civilians are murdered and incarcerated. Excellent, fact-based historical novel.