The autobiography of a Mexican who at ll was a soldier in the Mexican rebel army, who on graduation from Hollywood High School became an American Citizen. The way between saw him twice a deserter, twice reinstated, and finally achieving an honorable discharge. Then cotton picking in Arizona, and attempts to get an American education took him from Albuquerque to California where his schooling became emotionally entangled, first with a missionary, later with tantalizing Dolores. A life history not without a certain grim humor, unconscious drama, this picture of a boy soldier who ""fought"" in two battles, in the state of Sonora, who learned the hard way to become an American, and who managed, in spite of cruelty, poverty, to land right side up, has the appeal of direct, simple narration. Mexican impassiveness gives the account an unstressed quality and a distinctive touch.