Gathering the Indigo Maidens
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Modern day human traffickers and art thieves extort a wealthy Laguna Beach, California art collector, Paloma Zubiondo, by offering to release a young Ecuadorian sex-slave in exchange for one of Paloma's treasured 17th century Spanish Colonial paintings, purportedly a stolen painting of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. An epic tale of interwoven narratives that connects art theft and sex trafficking to the palpable triumphs and pathos of three historical indigo maidens: artist, Isabel Santiago from 1699 Ecuador; printing heiress, Maria de Rivera Calderon y Benavides from 1754 Mexico City; and social activist sentenced to San Quentin prison, Modesta Ávila from 1889 San Juan Capistrano.
GATHERING THE INDIGO MAIDENS
California art collector Paloma Zubiondo's perfect world shatters when she receives a mysterious call from a girl claiming to be held as a sex slave, begging for the return of a stolen seventeenth-century Spanish Colonial painting of the Immaculate Conception. According to the caller, her freedom depends on the painting's return, declaring that it rightfully belongs to her, the desdendant of its painter, Isabel Santiago. Although she suspects a con, Paloma faces the file underworld of sex trafficking and art theft.
Gathering the Indigo Maidens takes the reader on an exhilirating journey through time, languages, and cultures as Paloma searches for the indigo maidens of her personal and historical past.