The life of Chilean-American novelist Isabel Allende is detailed in this book from "The Great Hispanic Heritage" series. The opening chapter describes a very affecting moment in Allende's life: the death of her daughter Paula in 1992 from porphyria. After that, McNeese describes Allende's early life in Peru, including her father leaving the family when Allende was only three. Later, she and her family lived in Beirut during the violent events of the late 1950s. They then moved to Chile, where Allende married and began a career as a television reporter. The remainder of the book focuses on Allende's career as a writer and journalist, her troubled marriage, and the challenges she faced in the aftermath of the coup that overthrew her uncle, Salvador Allende. Eventually exiled, Allende continued to write and be a voice for the oppressed people of Chile. McNeese expertly weaves the details of Allende's personal, political, and literary life into a thoroughly engaging biography.