When the Eagle flies with the Condor, there will be peace and brotherhood among nations. This is a two thousand year old prophecy and the underlying theme of the vel, but the vel is about more than that. It is a story of brotherhood and love, revolution and war, survival and friendship, and begins with two coddled American youngsters whose father builds roads in an attempt to bring commerce to the natives of the backward and poverty stricken country of Bolivia. Their mother, uncomfortable and plagued with anxieties generated by constant political unrest, fills her days with trivialities and alcohol. The children's care-free lives are disrupted when they must return to the U.S. for reasons unkwn to them at the time. What follows is the boy's anti-social response to what he ultimately deems a godless universe and his sister's painful withdrawal caused by fears of abandonment by her family. As the children move into adulthood, their reactions to these inimical forces result in his joining the army and deploying to Vietnam, and her returning to South America as a sort of apprentice shaman ministering to the needs of the natives. Their lives are played out against the backdrop of the 1960s and everything that volatile decade represents. They are players, yes, but they are astute observers as well, recognizing the similarities among the indigeus people of the world with their kwledge, latent power and untapped potential for good. Thus, the prophecy of The Eagle and the Condor comes into play with its message that at the beginning of the fifth Pachacuti, the balance of power will shift and the indigeus peoples of the world will begin to resume their rightful place among nations.
The author has been writing since the age of twelve -- journals, short stories, essays, poetry and blogs. Much of her writing has a strong emphasis on family and children, and much is written with a sardonic view towards the social and political conventions of our times. She has a BA in English from the University of Colorado and studied for her MA at Portland State University. In 2002, she published a collection of short stories entitled Voices, and is now in the process of compiling a volume of literary and political essays to be published in the spring. Sue McGhee lives in Colorado with her husband, David.