A gently meandering story of a gently meandering family, the Martinez, Spanish-Americans, (paisanos perhaps). The time is contemporary. Papa has disappeared when a lawsuit swallowed up his worldly goods. The family goes to Denver in search of him. Teresita, 17, attempts to hold the family together with what funds she and her brother, Luis, can make out of school hours. She meets some racial discrimination -- but there is little hurt in it and a subtle humor runs through the story, with a paradoxical charm an spicy and nebulous as the Spanish moods. The rhythmic cadences of their speech are adroitly handled, and the feel of the people and the story captures the imagination.