The author/illustrator's Ride the Cold Wind (1964), which was included on the ALA No-table Book list, offered a simple but very direct glimpse of the life of a Peruvian peasant family; this one offers the same treatment for a village in El Salvador. The people of San Cristobal looked forward with great anticipation to the fiesta of their patron saint, a rare break in the usual routine of tilling coffee plants. The night before the festivities, the volcano, which overshadowed the tiny village, began to erupt, but a young boy managed to rescue a statue of San Cristobal kept in a niche of the volcano. The next day the fleeing peasants discovered that their homes had been miraculously spared. Leonard Everett Fisher's brilliantly colored woodcuts perfectly complement the text; the combination is strikingly direct.