This is a story of love and action drawn on a backdrop of revolutionary violence. The novel is set in Peru in 1993 when the country is recovering from a long, brutal, still simmering civil war. The protagonist, Jim Hiram, has returned to Peru at the request of an old friend, a collector of pre-Columbian antiquities, who has a job for him locating a special artifact. Jim had worked as a financial planner in Lima until 1985 when he left after the Sendero Luminoso guerrilla movement brought the war to the capital from its sierra stronghold of Ayacucho, the Corner of The Dead. He expects his return to be a short-term venture, but he is drawn into a spiraling series of complications and intrigues. He is also drawn into love. Against the dark wine red canvas, the somber shade of dried blood, is set the bright fuchsia of renewing love. Through the maze of a society reeling on the edge of disintegration, Jim makes his way by his wit and his words. As another character observes, he is a smooth liar, but there are no lies when it comes to love and its regenerative power for him.