Sonny and Ray, their friendship forged during the American involvement in the Nicaraguan Civil War of the 1970's, struggle to come to terms with the aftermath of that war and their memories of a woman one loved and the other murdered. The sudden appearance of a mysterious painting leads the two on an odyssey to uncover the truth about the woman's disappearance in the closing days of the war and their culpability in the tragedy. From a refugee camp in the Sudan to New Mexico, they search for the one person whose fate has haunted them for thirty years and whose destiny holds the key to their salvation. Joined by Harper, a photojournalist with a history and motives no less tangled, the puzzle lures them back to Central America, where they confront the consequences of their actions. The journey draws old allies and new deeper into a past filled with choices that cannot be undone and crimes that cannot be forgotten, and threatens to ruin the futures of those so desperate for the peace the war long ago destroyed.