The novel begins with the recollections of Dede, the fourth and surviving sister, who fears abandoning her routines and her husband to join the movement. Alvarez also offers the perspectives of the other sisters: brave and outspoken Minerva, the family's political ringleader; pious Patria, who forsakes her faith to join her sisters after witnessing the atrocities of the tyranny; and the baby sister, sensitive Maria Teresa, who, in a series of diaries, chronicles her allegiance to Minerva and the physical and spiritual anguish of prison life. I absolutely love this books, it's one of my favorites, and I actually found it accidentally when I was walking through the library. It's based on the real Butterflies, but the story is pretty much all fiction. 5/5 Stars, just because it's exciting, sad, and funny, and it really makes you think about how easy we all have it.