The authors met in class in 1997: Webb was an ESL teacher and Francisca his student. Fresh from earning a master of science from the University of Maine and service in the Peace Corps, Webb—a New Yorker, Columbia bachelor of arts publishing-brat and newly-minted educator—arrived in California to survive on adjunct teaching and book royalties. They both moved to the Coachella Valley in 1995: he to Palm Springs and she from Mexicali to Indio. Born in Sinaloa, Francisca grew up in Mexicali and has worked as a cleaning lady, a field worker, and in retail with Costco.
Married in 2006, they now live in Indio, the heart of the Coachella Valley, located about one hundred miles north of the border with Mexico and only a few miles from La Frontera. La Frontera is a second border; a gate to people and drugs moving north, and guns and money moving south.
Webb and Francisca cross back and forth on the border to visit Mexicali a few times a month and to visit San Felipe, Golfo de Santa Clara, and Sinaloa yearly. Their dog Courage, a beautiful Siberian husky, serves as narrator in the quest to save her humans, who are held hostage in the dark heart of Sinaloa. Our hero dog was a birthday present.