Somehow the stories about life among the ancient Mayan never seem quite natural. At least in this one the social and physical details have been reasonably well incorporated. It's the action that's far-fetched, and the author's suggestion that the story of the revolt in the fictional city of Paxil might be a reasonable theory of the apparent abandoning of some actual Mayan cities seems pretty absurd. The events are almost entirely adolescent-controlled. Zic and his younger sister Raxon lead the unrest which is the response to the dictatorial policies of the High Priest, who, in turn, is represented by his son and daughter Voc and Chipi. Zic gets to show off a lot of acrobatics in the temple as a group of citizens try to dishonor the High Priest's god. The solution comes off a little too slickly and the eventual friendship that develops between the two sets of children emphasizes the lack of logic.