Scott Ollar I disagree with Lauri's answer in that there was literally no violence in the story at all. It's about the despair of growing up poor and aimless in Peru. It also reflects on the universal experience of learning that our parents often have feet of clay, and fail to live up to our youthful expectations. The artwork is very dark, even when depicting daylight scenes. I didn't think it told a very coherent story, but was instead a series scenes linked by a central character. In the end, I felt the book was as aimless as its central character Chino.