Blood into Water

A Case of Social Justice


Blood into Water: A Case of Social Justice is a novel that weaves together the past and the present, from Mayan legends to contemporary stories of corporate greed. The story follows a mother and son, Sofía and Miguel Rodríguez, as they team with reporter Caleb Barthes to uncover a corporate scheme of exploitation. Barthes is sent to Nicaragua on an investigative assignment to look into water privatization plans. He learns far more than he expects about the environmental, political, and cultural issues surrounding ‘water.’ Perhaps more importantly, he learns about postcolonial exploitation and his own complicity, as well as the loss that can follow, not only for himself, but others.

This novel, inspired by the Bolivian Water Wars, offers students a creative text dealing with an environmental issue that leads to a social movement. Anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, rhetoricians, sociologists, psychologists, political scientists, as well as scholars of business, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, cultural studies and environmental studies will easily find a place in the curriculum for this novel. It is both a stand-alone novel and a sequel to the popular novel, Zombie Seed and the Butterfly Blues: A Case of Social Justice.

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R. P. Clair, Ph.D. (1990), Professor, Purdue University, is an award-winning teacher and researcher. She has written multiple articles, books, and book chapters. She is the author of Zombie Seed and the Butterfly Blues (Sense, 2013), a best-selling novel about environmental issues.


Part 1: Nicaragua: The Land of Fire and Water

Chapter 1: Miguel and Sofía
Chapter 2: Caleb
Chapter 3: Miguel Meets Caleb
Chapter 4: Nicaraguan Transportation
Chapter 5: The Market
Chapter 6: The Motel
Chapter 7: The Presidential Suite
Chapter 8: Caleb, Sofía and Miguel

Part 2: An Ancient Story: The Adventures of the Noble Lady Ikoom

Chapter 9: Ikoom and Kut’l

Part 3: Caleb and Miguel

Chapter 10: Sofía and Caleb
Chapter 11: Caleb and the Family
Chapter 12: Professor López
Chapter 13: El Barrio
Chapter 14: A Mother’s Care
Chapter 15: A Promise
Chapter 16: Miguel’s Family
Chapter 17: Caleb, Sofía, and the Rain
Chapter 18: Adventures of Caleb and Miguel

Part 4: The Here and Now, Then and There of Narrative

Chapter 19: Delta
Chapter 20: Distraction
Chapter 21: Delta and Mona
Chapter 22: Mona
Chapter 23: Abigail
Chapter 24: Delta and Belize
Chapter 25: Mountain to Market—San Ignacio
Chapter 26: Garifuna to the Warnings of Guatemala
Chapter 27: The Guatemalan Border
Chapter 28: Tikal
Chapter 29: Temple IV

Part 5: An Interlude: The Lady Ikoom

Chapter 30: Ikoom and Chen Ku
Chapter 31: Ikoom and the Island of Women
Chapter 32: Lesson One of the Island of Women
Chapter 33: Lesson Two of the Island of Women
Chapter 34: Lesson Three from the Island of Women

Part 6: Water—Azteca Corporation

Chapter 35: Robert Madera
Chapter 36: Madera Meets with Jackson
Chapter 37: Valeria’s Gold Earring
Chapter 38: Madera and Chambers

Part 7: The Lady Ikoom and the Labyrinth of Doom

Chapter 39: Labyrinth of Doom

Part 8: Madera’s Plan

Chapter 40: Madera Arrives
Chapter 41: Questions

Part 9: Pirates

Chapter 42: Gun Point
Chapter 43: Captive and Captor, More Than One Story
Chapter 44: A Termination Plan
Chapter 45: Delta at the Edge of a Dig
Chapter 46: Preparations
Chapter 47: Miguel and Caleb’s Broken Promise
Chapter 48: Delta Explores a Cave
Chapter 49: Madera’s Business’ Front Door
Chapter 50: Desperation
Chapter 51: Delta Returns to the Forest Mother
Chapter 52: Mona’s Arrival
Chapter 53: Recovering Caleb
Chapter 54: A Different Kind of Funeral

Part 10: The Epilogues

Chapter 55: Chaac Cried
Chapter 56: Caleb’s Story
Chapter 57: A Long Sip of Tea
Chapter 58: From Forest Mother to Wind Mother
Chapter 59: “Life Is Often Sad”

About the Author
General readers, professors and students (undergraduates and graduates) interested in anthropology, archaeology, history (especially of the Maya), political science, environmentalism, sociology, social movements, (i.e., water issues, postcolonialism) communication and business.
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