Salvador (14), and his friend Blas, are dragooned from an 18-century prison in Cadiz, Spain in 1795. They are forced to work aboard ship on an Atlantic crossing to New Spain, colonial Mexico. They are assigned to support the Junipero Serra expedition to establish the missions in Alta California. Salvador tangles with padres and pirates on his journey to discover the New World – and himself.
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Not all youthful adventures are cheerful vacations. Salvador is dragged to a place he does not want to be, Santiago. He is forced to travel along with people he does not trust, the religious Brothers from his hometown. This is the first of many journeys Salvador Tenorio, a 14 year old Spaniard, undertakes in Twisted Cross.
The entire story is a long adventure. Salvador travels half way across the world, through his 24th birthday, to a new world. Along the way he tangles with padres and pirates to find a home and to discover himself.
Twisted Cross: Adventure to the New World
The Devil whispered to Salvador each night. Huddled in a corner of the dusty inn, he sorted trash left by pilgrims on the road to Santiago, looking for something sharp so he could set a trap. The travelers crowded into a different broken-down inn every night. When the inn didn’t smell too bad and appeared adequate, they pronounced, “God provides.” If they said, “God gives us the strength to endure,” the travelers were sure to face a miserable night. On the worst nights, Salvador managed to sneak away from the group, sleep under the stars and dream of new adventures.