Fifteen-year-old Lupe Hernandez wishes she was blond, white, and popular. She dismisses
the legend her Mexican grandmother tells about a treasured family heirloom-a pair of ruby
earrings-as a silly fairytale, despite recurring nightmares. But when the earrings thrust her into
the parallel world of Ixtumea, she must confront the very thing she shuns-her cultural heritage.
Lupe’s journey takes her through a dense Mayan jungle to the damp underground kingdom
of Malvado, where a rebel leader plots to keep her from fulfilling her destiny. She is guided by a
hot warrior protector named Teancum, who tells her about a prophecy of a long-awaited young
prophetess. She trains with the Spider Goddess, who teaches her the sacred knots that bind both
worlds together. And she meets her long-lost mother, Concha-who is now a dangerous enemy.
Life as Lupe knows it will never be the same
“I am going to break you. That’s the whole purpose of this exercise. From the moment the door inside that