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The main theme of the book is a struggle between good (in the form of Ultima and Antonio) and evil (Tenorio and his daughters), so there is a wide range of events to choose from for both sides.
Ultima is a curandera, or healer, and helps Antonio and some of his relatives to recover from illnesses. She removes curses put on by Tenorio's "brujas" (witches, daughters). Antonio becomes her apprentice, and finds his place within his culture, just to name a few.
One of the early events is a World War II veteran suffering from PTSD who kills someone and is in turn killed by a posse. There is a running battle between Tenorio and Ultima that ends violently, with the killing of Ultima's guardian Owl.
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