When 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College vanished in Iguala in the state of Guerrero on September 27, 2014 the cry went up: IT WAS THE STATE. The federal government, under the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional created and defended a fake narrative. Parents of the 43 refused to accept the lies. Journalists risked—and lost—their lives. Against the backdrop of government corruption and narco-collusion, the narrator, an elderly American expat living in Oaxaca, recounts her prior life, the ghosts of the missing, and the bitter facts of the deaths and disappearances that pervade the Mexican landscape.