In 19th-century Puerto Rico, Pola, a deeply spiritual African woman, is captured and later sold for the purpose of breeding future slaves. The dehumanizing violence of her life almost destroys her. This is not a novel of defeat but rather one of survival, regeneration, and reclamation of common humanity. From the sadistic barbarity of her first experiences, she moves on to receive compassion and support from a revitalizing new community. Along the way, she learns to recognize and embrace the many faces of love. It's ultimately, a novel of the triumph of the human spirit even under the most brutal of conditions.