Ana Belén Opaku, a proud Afro-Cuban midwife born into slavery, is the only midwife in La Playa de Ponce. After testifying at an infanticide trial, Ana is forced to reveal a dark secret from her past while she continues to hide a more sinister one.
A respectable young widow with two small children, Serafina Martínez marries a wealthy merchant from a distinguished family. When she’s attacked during her pregnancy, she and Ana become allies to preserve Serafina’s honor.
Set in 1900 Puerto Rico, against the combustive backdrop of a society where women are treated like possessions, multi-award-winning author Eleanor Parker Sapia explores the battle of two women defending their dignity against the pain of betrayal in a society resistant to change.