Bunkley's moderately paced novel introduces a current hot-button issue -- that of immigrants and their journeys into the U.S. The characters are lively and interactive and the storyline is
conceptually original.

Siblings Lorenzo and Niya Londres are Cuban refugees who escape their county to find a better life in the U.S. When they're almost to the border, their boat is intercepted by a renegade water patrol that leaves the them separated and injured.

Niya and Lorenzo each wonder if the other survived, but both are determined to make a new life. Lorenzo changes his name and becomes a rapper named Larry Lo, who is very successful until he becomes the target in a shooting. Niya becomes a famous Broadway dancer. Will they ever find each other? (Dafina, Jan., 368 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Eleanor S. Shields