About the Book
This is the story of a teenage boy (Santé Aguilera) from southern Mexico who migrates to the U.S. in search of a better life. Along the way he is forced to do battle with bandits, coyotes, a man (El Jaguar) feared for his cat-like prowess, the Border Patrol and a group of abandoned teenagers who live in a tunnel beneath the U.S. Mexico border. Helping him in his struggles is a replica of an ancient Zapotec weapon presented to him on his 16th birthday by his uncle. The weapon plays a pivotal role in saving his own life as well as that of others who have come to depend on him. In the U.S. Santé’s life becomes entwined with that of the local sheriff (Earl Culpepper) whose relationship with his own teenage son (Eric) has always been cool. In time, Eric's jealousy towards his father's new Mexican friend (Santé) becomes the centerpiece of a trial in which Eric is accused of vehicular homicide. In the aftermath of the trial, the sheriff, once an ardent anti-immigrationist, undergoes a character change which puts him at odds with both his family and the law enforcement community.
About the Author
Since retiring from a life as college teacher and researcher, the author has spent most of his time writing books, essays and music. Some of his books explore questions of value (sociology) and free will (philosophy); others focus on music and the fine arts. His essays offer analyses of humanistic psychology and Eastern philosophy. Some of his musical compositions feature full orchestra; others are written for smaller ensembles including classical guitar. The Lady and the Lord represents Breer’s most recent venture into literature, the previous four being Illusions of the Heart, a book-length work consisting of two novellas exploring the world of internet romance, Tashi, the tale of a young girl’s love for an older man, The Reluctant Savior, the story of a man who discovers the art of healing and spends the rest of his days exploring that gift, and The Unwanted, the account of two men whose lives intersect… a boy from Southern Mexico who journeys north to find a better life in United States, and a Phoenix Sheriff whose life is changed forever by their meeting.