"What were you doing while the poor were suffering, their humanity and their lives consumed by flame?" Otto Rene Castillo, Guatemalan poetPatricia Henley writes movingly about Kate Banner, an American midwife who has spent eight years serving in Central America. She succumbs to burn-out in Nicaragua and goes to Guatemala to arrange a move back to the United States. Instead, amid the tragedy and uncertainty of Guatemala's secret wars, Kate finds a renewed sense of purpose and the blossoming of a most unlikely love. Henley has a gentle touch as she tells of compassion and struggle and gratitude in a land where safety is always a relative term. Her descriptions of the simple details of people and place create that "you are there" feeling we passionate readers crave. This book was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1999.