Much of this book takes place in El Salvador, which is the smallest of the Central American countries and also the most densely populated. From 1979-1992 the country was caught in a bloody civil war between the government military and left-wing guerrilla groups who were battling over land. After 12 years of fighting, 75,000 people had died. Today, El Salvador still struggles with poverty, inequality, and gang violence.
Even with this struggle, El Salvador is filled with beauty, nature, and a thriving culture of resilient people. One can feel like family within minutes of sharing a pupusa together. Kids play soccer in the streets with abandon. Moms and dads work hard to provide a future for their kids. Many churches lead the way in helping their communities confront dire circumstances and overcome through God's love.