I would classify this book as a literary thriller. Hector and his friend set out to escape certain realities of their life in a pueblo in Mexico and trust their fates to a coyote. Alas! They are trapped in a water tank and are basically left to die. Hector narrates the story of his life including the history and culture of his people through the reminiscences of his beloved grandfather and also fuses with the present as he tells the story of Cesar. I read the book with bated breath to find out if Hector does survive; had to wait till the very last line as he describes the approach of death. A must read in the present climate of immigration.