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Where do you go when no place is safe?


Born in El Salvador, raised in the United States, Miranda Flores is American to her core. Educated as well as street-smart, she makes close friends in her New Mexico community. But when nativist President Malcolm Price mandates subcutaneous identity chips in members of certain ethnic groups, the Flores family returns to the land of Miranda’s birth.

Years later, after losing her parents and brother during a bloody civil war in El Salvador, Miranda sneaks back into the U.S. There she encounters a country she no longer recognizes, with border “kill zones,” concentration camps, and roaming bands of paramilitary “Red Caps.” With a murderous government agent hot on her trail, Miranda must flee through a hostile landscape where every person she meets is a potential enemy.

With a menacing crack, a shard of granite flew past Miranda’s head, jolting her out of her thoughts. In the distance a car engine sprang to life. Miranda risked a peek over the top of her rock. A pair of headlights flicked on and she dropped back into cover.


The engine noise rose from a distant hum to an ominous roar. Miranda contemplated diving back into the tunnel but feared exposing herself. Should she run? Continue crouching behind the boulder? Dart to a nearby cluster of bushes and hope she wouldn’t be seen?


Heavy tires crunched gravel no more than twenty feet away. That erased any thought of fleeing. Headlights cast a long eerie shadow past the boulder to create a threatening spectral shape. A car door opened, then another. Boots scuffled over packed dirt and gravel. A man shouted, “Come out from behind there!”

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