Chapter 1* The novel begins with Harriet Winslow, now living in Washington DC, remembering her life in the north of Mexico. * Harriet remembers visiting Mexico as a tourist and meeting a man named TomÃ¡s Arroyo. In these memories, Harriet dreams of what could have been. * Next, Harriet remembers crossing the border back to America, and the young boy, Pedro, who accompanied her. Even though Pedro was young, he was already carrying a gun. * The chapter closes with Harriet lamenting over the fact that her dreams dried up in Mexico, where the climate was hot and stifled everything.
Chapter 2* Meanwhile, Pedro, the young boy with the gun from the border, is helping to assist Colonel Frutos GarcÃa dig up the unmarked grave of a man knows as the old gringo. * Pedro remembers being impressed with the old gringo's marksmanship while the Colonel states that he knew all along...
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