From the day young Mixcatl was stolen by slavery, she knew that she was special. Her people were descended form the ancient Olmec Jaguar gods, and her secret heritage destined her for a life of high striving ... and of danger. For like her ancestral gods Mixcatl could change, unexpectedly and with startling suddenness, into a living, wild jaguar.
fighting the violence inherent in her dual nature, Mixcatl sought only a way to live peacefully in the Aztec world. But fate had assigned her a much more difficult role. The Aztec rulers couldn't allow her live, leaving Mixcatl with a terrible choice: either be destroyed by the Aztec god's insatiable thirst for sacrifice, or somehow defy the bloody deity ...
BEFORE THE CONQUISTADORES
The Aztec Empire covered a vast expanse of land, annexing its neighbors and dominating its subjects with of the wrath of their God, Hummingbird-on-the-Left. Mixcatl, slave to Aztec priests since her youth, never questioned the orthodoxy of Aztec beliefs, but she was, by her very existence, a thorn in the Aztecs' side, representing a different religious tradition, a gentler, more ancient tradition.
Neither Mixcatl nor her Aztec masters suspected that she was about to foment a rebellion that would shake the foundations of the sacred temple itself.