A historically significant tale of a young woman’s bravery and determination in the face of revolutionary upheaval. —Carol Haggas, Booklist
by Katie Wainwright
Introducing Katie's second novel, Secuestro.
At a pivotal point when Fidel Castro is trying to garner worldwide opinion, an over-zealous Fidelista kidnaps the young daughter of a United States Sugar Company executive, to Castro’s dismay. This story follows Gretchen Van Nuy’s ordeal in Cuba’s Sierra Mountains, in Castro’s base camp. Arriving as a privileged, spoiled child, captive, afraid and rebellious, her perceptions change as she is prodded to help the ragged insurgent band. She assists Che Guevara the doctor, in the ramshackle hospital; helps Padre Carlos bury the dead; slips the clutches of Dictator Batista’s Lieutenant Bebo seeking the reward Gretchen’s father is offering for her safe return, listens to Che and Fidel argue the merits of communism versus socialism; dictatorship versus democracy. While they discuss theory, the loyal and dependable Celia does whatever it takes to keep the revolution going.