Patria loses her baby and starts to lose faith in God and in Trujillo. Her mother and others go on a religious pilgrimage to the capital Higuey. She then hears the voice of a virgin and her faith is restored(Chapter4).
Minerva giving her child to Patria to take care of
Minerva gives her child to Patria to take care of because she is joining and be apart of the resistance.
Patria volunteers her home as a place for resistance meetings.
She is 35 years old and has been married for 18 years. Problems are soon going to occur with her husband Pedrito.
She becomes Pregnant with Raul Ernesto
Patria creates a care package to send to Minerva and Mate in prison.
Patria prays and treats Trujillo with respect to try and release her son and husband.
Patria drops on her knees in thanks that Trujillo released her son Nelson. Later this incident appears on the front cover as thanks to Trujillo.
Dede doesn't go to school
Dede stays home while Patria and Minerva go to boarding school at Inmaculada Concepcion(Chapter2).
Dede goes to priest for guidance
Dede seeks help for if she should join the resistance or not join the resistance. She then finds out the priest is apart of the resistance, she then runs away.
Family and friends arrested
Leandro arrested, Nelson and Pedrito arrested after
their house is ransacked and burned, Manolo arrested, Minerva has tuberculosis, Mate arrested, and Minerva arrested.
Not joining the resistance
Dede does not want to join the revolution but feels that she has drawn Jamito and herself closer to it.
Dede gets an interview
Julia Alvarez comes to interview Dede. She talks about the burden of being the only survivor. She then has a flashback to when her and her sisters were with there parents in 1943. Her dad starts fortune telling for the sisters and mama gets mad at him because she does not believe in fortunes. (Chapter 1).
Dede keeps getting reminded of her past. When she meets Lio at the party he reminds her of the butterflies and how their cause helped them greatly. She hears their sprits every night.
Minerva goes to Inmaculauda
Minerva goes to Inmaculada with Patria after begging her father. On the first day Minerva meets Sinita who is at the camp because most of her family has been killed. Minerva tells Sinita about babies and they become best friends, thats when Sinita tells her about "Trujillos Secret". (Chapter 2)
Minerva meets Lina
Minerva meets Lina Lovaton who is a beautiful woman. She becomes close to Lina and every so often Trujillo goes to see Lina. Lina falls in love with Trujillo and she becomes pregnant and she eventually gets sent to Florida.
Minerva Performs and Independence Dance
Minerva and Sinita are chosen to perform for Trujillo and his son. At the end Sinita makes a gesture as if she was going to shoot Trujillo. Trujillo's son beats Sinita.
Minerva finds out her dad has other kids
Minerva's dad won't let her go to university so she stays at home for three years. She goes to a yellow house and finds four girls that have the same eyes as her father. This is when she finds out her dad had been cheating.
Minerva goes to Trujillo's party
Minerva finds a letter from Trujillo asking for her specific presence. Minerva dances with Trujillo and he is to aggressive with her. She slaps him even though she knew she could get in trouble. Trujillo finds out that Minerva knows Lio and her father is kidnapped. Trujillo says he will release him if she has sex with him and she denies.
Minerva's last chapter before dying
Minerva gets out of jail and tries to stay with the revolution. She tries to meet with small groups and people are aware of her and the work of her sister. She spends her time trying to find out how to get her husband out of jail. Trujillo sees her and her sisters as threats which eventually leads to their eventually murder.
Mate covers for Minerva
1945 - 1946
Minerva is caught sneaking out of school. When asked asked Mate says that Minerva is sneaking out because their uncle is sick. Minerva then explains that Trujillo is a bad man and Minerva has been going to meetings at Don Harcio's house. Minerva was starting to get involved in the revolution.
Mate joins the revolution
1953 - 1958
Mate gets a new diary because she had to burry the last one because it mentioned Hilda in it. She lives with Minerva and gets the diary for her birthday. She gets married to Leondro and moves in with Dede. Their working reports them to the secret police. This is when Minerva and Mate join the revolution.
Mate is in jail
Mate and Minerva go to jail and all their husbands go also but they are separated. She was tortured in front of Leandro.