A novel dealing with the plight of the Indian population in modern Mexico reveals the forces of two societies through Juan, an Indian boy whose story begins with the sale of some figurines to an archeologist. Tragedy results and Juan leaves his native village for Mexico City and a growing knowledge of the senores' ways. He returns to find himself a leader in a fight against the senores to retain the Indians' land. Juan becomes a fairly progressive mayor of his village and a tyrant as well. But when he dies before a firing squad, he has realized that only through education can the Indian obtain justice. Understanding and well done.