El Capitan: Inspired by True Stories
Carlos Solari, author
Opportunity. There are many kinds. It's why people cross those borders; leaving home; leaving behind what they know. Often you don't get to know what kind of opportunity until you're committed and you can't go back. Mario Senteri, "Rio", at eight and dreaming of soccer finds it when he interrupts "maestros" playing a game of futball. These "maestros" are former soccer pros that meet on Saturdays to play and everyone knows to leave them alone. Everyone, that is, except Rio. Rodrigo, "Rigo", his older brother finds opportunity making twenty bucks from two "dudes in a black Lincoln" who promise him "more from where that came from." The Senteri family, including the youngest, Miguelito, are starting from the bottom. They are in a homeland that is not theirs. They want to belong to something. And eventually, they will. Rio finds soccer is his way. Rigo finds another path. He takes the path of fast money. Their paths will meet.