wayward father, reappears and tentatively resumes his life with Sofia; Esperanza accepts a dangerous assignment to cover the Persian Gulf War; Caridad—now gifted with foresight and prophecy—moves out and apprentices herself to doña Felicia, an eccentric curandera, or witch woman; Fe also moves out and resumes her job at the bank. La Loca remains at home and prays.
Julian SanchezDr. LockWomen Writers of the American West28 November 2016While covering the war, Esperanza and her news crew disappear and are presumed captured in Saudi Arabia. Her unknown fate becomes the focal point for both her family and the media community until La Loca informs her mother that Esperanza has been killed. Without the attendant news coverage, Caridad also undergoes a profound, life-changing encounter: Accompanying doña Felicia on her yearly pilgrimage to Chimayo, Caridad falls in love with Esmeralda, a mysterious woman. Unsure how to deal with the effect of Esmeralda and with her renewed emotions, Caridad also disappears. The fate of Sofia’s missing daughters is partially resolved when Caridad is discovered exiled in the desert. For a time following her return, Caridad is regarded as a local folk saint. Although severely tested by the fates that have befallen her daughters, Sofia, who continues to believe in the power of faith andin the principles of social change advocated by her war-hero daughter, decides to run for mayor of Tome. Protected from the world in the cocoon of her mother’s rancheria, La Loca continues to pray.