Indigenous refers to any thing or person native to a place. In the popular imagination, it can also mean authentic, a thing or person untainted or uncorrupted by external influences. In SAVIOR, Al seeks out answers not only to his personal or family issues, but answers as to what is happening in the larger world that he sees falling into violence and chaos. His search leads him to an old man of the mountains, Evelio, a native of the Guatemalan highlands, or descendant of the ancient Mayan people.
Evelio has answers, but before Al can learn more, the LSM, Los Santos Muertos, stage an ambush with some of their advanced aerial weaponry. It is up to Al's son Ricky to find Al and rescue him from the LSM. In the end, Ricky also gets help from his friends in Canada, some of them Native Americans. I like the idea that ancient wisdom can trump evil armed with advanced technological wizardry. It is an old idea in our popular imagination, and I hope that I have infused it not abused it with this new story.
SAVIOR will be published April 18th on the Amazon Kindle platform by Harvard Square Editions. Visit the SAVIOR page on the HSE website, and then check back here throughout the A to Z challenge month to learn more about SAVIOR and publication launch details.