Set in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s, this novel tells the story of a young girl whose family lives under the repressive rule of General Trujillo. Over the course of the book it becomes increasingly obvious that her family members are involved in resistance against the dictator, who feels free to take anything or anyone he desires. The family's fear for their daughter's safety when General Trujillo admires her and the increasing net that is drawn around the family as they attempt to wrest their country from the hands of the dictator are vivid and compelling, and for younger kids the pictures painted here may be too frighteningly realistic to be appealing. For older kids, though, Alvarez paints a thought-provoking and haunting portrait of a family living under a dictator. The book will lead to discussions about freedom, dictatorship, and repression, and will give kids a good sense of what it means to live in a repressive society. Highly recommended.