When one young girl makes the decision to learn to read, it changes her life forever. In the pueblo of Palenque, hardly anybody knows how to read. When Gina begins to receive letters from a young doctor that she is sure contain promises of love, her little sister makes a decision that will change her life, and the lives of the other children in the pueblo, forever. With the help of Seûor Velandia, the owner of the village shop, she will slowly unlock the letters of the alphabet and discover the magic of reading. Set in Colombia at the turn of the century, at a point when oral tradition was giving way to literacy, this joyful story about the power of reading to change lives for the better is told with sensitivity and warmth.