Kino and his wife Juana are two characters faced with everyone's dilemmas, except on a grand scale. They enter the stage of this book on the collapse of their dreams, most cuttingly felt in the death of their son. The jealousy and hope of their prior journey took them to both the heights and depths of human experience. Now at the worst point, their lives continue. Here even rebuilding has cut them down, for it was that very act, that hope to raise themselves up, that has failed. Terrors and pain have not left, and the journey before them is no easier than before. This tale continues their story, the story of their town, and the story of everyone who identifies with it. Kino and Juana walk the steps for us that we all must take. The danger, hope, and fear, are there for us all.