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Patricio Pinto, born into the tradition of Penitentes from the mountainside village of Tres Cruces, in northern NM, after graduating from High School wants to leave the rigid traditions behind and instead study to become a famous writer in Los Angeles California. He is torn between his ambition and his family vows. According to author Jo Roybal-Izay, “The Penitentes live as imitators of Christ. They keep the passion of Christ ever present through prayer, chant and mediation.They dedicate their life to serving the community and to poverty. This story spans 60 years from 1940 to 2000. 

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