A provocative, compelling, and gritty story of old Cuba!
The fun-loving fifties are rolling along, and Cuba is enjoying a period of prosperity and happiness under President Carlos Prio Socarras―who makes famous the words, “I want to be a cordial president.” Prio is such an easygoing and tolerant president that ESQUIRE magazine publishes an article proclaiming Havana the unequivocal “Sin Capital of the World.” But General Fulgencio Batista does not enjoy such licentious behavior or that type of worldwide reputation. On March 10, 1952, he stages a successful coup that topples the government; and, suddenly, the carefree fifties morph into a dark and disheartening period, highlighted by corruption, gambling, prostitution, student demonstrations, and assassinations.
Four teenage friends, who liken themselves to the Three Musketeers, are caught in the political uncertainty of the decade as they decide what to do with their future while dealing with conservative religious middle-class moral values on one hand and wild, unrestrained living on the other.
Viewed in first person narrative from the eyes of fifteen year old Ramon Rodriguez, this historical novel focuses on the love story of Ramon and Sonia, and their struggles to manage confusion and guilt as they attempt to grow into successful, well-balanced adults while reconciling religious and moral values with love and sex within a background of political chaos.