Shimmering fragments of poetry, fiction, fable, and essay reflect a kaleidoscopic vision of burgeoning adulthood as seen through the eyes of the young protagonists in Judith Ortiz Cofer's award-winning collection. Among the heroines to emerge is Mary Ellen. As she embarks upon the journey from adolescence to young womanhood, her imagination moves to dreams of rock music, rebellion and first love. Donning the uniform of the opposition - tie-dyed t-shirts and headbands with the aroma of incense wafting about her, Mary Ellen mounts her season of insurgency during which she awakens to sensuality with her boy-poet Gerald and the soldier-boy Pito. Ultimately she learns that, even in America, the land of the free, there is always a price to be paid for love.