Laura Resau met Maria Virginia Farinango in Colorado where Virginia was a student. They became fast friends and decided to tell Virginia’s story as a young girl growing up in the Ecuadorian Andes.
Maria Virginia is a descendant of the Incas, an ancient people of South America.The Spanish conquistadors conquered the Incas and became known as the mestizos. The former proud Incas became known as the longos or stupid Indians.
When Maria Virginia was seven she was sold to a mestizo family to be used as a servant. She is beaten, threatened and made to feel unworthy. She wanted more from life and decided to contact her biological sister.
This book is Virginia’s journey from a child living in a shack to becoming a proud indigena, Queen of Water.