A dark tale of revenge that takes place in the vast grassland (Los Llanos) of Venezuela in the early 1920s. The protagonists are five bastard sons of a war lord (caudillo) who raided their village and raped the mothers who subsequently bore them. As the story unfolds, the sons have grown to young manhood bearing murderous hatred toward their father, who has become the dictator-president of the country, protected by a bodyguard of national security police. This is the setting for an action-filled drama of deadly encounters to determine who will assassinate whom. Simultaneously, the army chief of staff is preparing a coup d'état against the tyrannical president and foresees a way to use the sons in his conspiracy.
This stirring saga of vengeance and retribution set in old world Venezuela could have been subtitled: Una Fraternidad de Bastardos. This complex tale begins with a drunken birthday party that presages the demise of a tyrannical regime. Packed with plot twists and turns and dripping with avarice-seeking sycophants, it would make a great movie!
Here’s an ironic quote that rings true today as it did back then:
“. . . who needs to know how to read and write in order to pick coffee beans or herd cattle? Besides, it would only enable the rabble to read the lies that are printed about us. We’ve been endowed with the stewardship of the nation . . .”