Teenage Luis and his pregnant young love, Carolina, run away from their homes in Seville, Spain, to escape the wrath of her father. Caught and beaten nearly to death, Carolina loses their child and Luis is spirited off to a monastery and becomes a devout priest. Fate carries him to California where ‘Padre’ Luis exerts a major influence over the lives of all he meets. Especially Ramona and Dolores, two orphaned sisters who sail with him from Spain to the New World.
MY SOUL TO KEEP is a sweeping saga of passionate women and their men at odds with the tragedy of their changing times. Their story, set in 19th Century California, follows one family’s fight to survive forbidden love – ugly prejudice - the decline of Mexico’s power – bitter war - the destruction of Indian tribal society – and the ever-increasing swarm of white Americans, coming to settle their newly formed State.