Chapter One: El Boston’s Questions
Chapter one opens up by introducing a seventeen-year-old boy named Pedro “El Boston”. He was the oldest one of the kids who belonged in a gang of the streets of Nogales. The narrator describes Boston’s physical features; Asian with a flat face, pale olive skin, and round eyes that smiled when he wasn’t high on paint fumes. In his personal diary, he starts to talk about how he started hanging out in the tunnel at the age of eleven. He describes his encounter with his mentor Duda who taught him everything that he knows today. El Boston starts to describe his day at the tunnel and how he had some problems with the border patrol. Boston decides to right down forty-four questions that he thinks is appropriate to ask the people that hang around the tunnel and interview them. He started to interview his friends and their lives in Barrio Libre.
Chapter Two: Some Geography Lessons
Chapter two introduces two more people, La Flor a fifteen-year-old girl and her six-month-old son, Davidcito. La Flor had Davidcito from a previous boyfriend but has been dating Jesus not long after her baby’s birth. The chapter opens up with Lawrence Taylor, La Flor, Jesus, Chito, EL Boston, and Davidcito driving through the streets of Nogales. Taylor describes how the streets are filled with kids of the border city. He goes into detail about how most of the cars were driven by Mexicans or Mexican Americans who either worked on one side of the city or lived on the other. Custom officials interrogated most of the drivers, and every so often dogs for drugs sniffed their cars. Chito starts to talk about his past few years living in Nogales and his memories of the first time he slept in Nogales. He tells Taylor that he wants to be a bus driver when he is older and enjoys driving his friends buses. The chapter later introduces Guanatos and Geronimo; two others tunnel kids and friends and El Boston, Jesus, and Chito.
Chapter Three: Houses And Families
The Chapter starts out with Maeve and Lawrence Taylor going to Mi Nueva Casa and finding out that no one had shown up for breakfast except a boy named David. Taylor went to go find the others at Jesus’s house. Taylor wanted to continue filming his documentary. El Boston agrees to become the reporter again and introduces the members of El Barrio: Chito, Humberto, Ricardo, Jesus, and La Flor. Taylor went with La Flor to visit her family at their house. La Flor starts to open up to Taylor about her past and her relationships with her family. She says that she never got along with her father and her siblings. Her family would always put her down calling her names and telling her she’s bad. The chapter ended with all of them in the car driving Chito and the family to Los Virreyes.
Chapter Four: Taking Photos
The chapter opens up with the Lawrence Taylor and Maeve Hickey heading towards El Viachi, the Nogales supermarket with a huge pig’s head sculpture made of chorizo. They took a detour because they saw Jesus, Juanito, Jorge, and Davidcito. They all decided to head to Mi Nueva Casa for some breakfast and school lessons. Taylor starts to interview other kids at Mi Nueva Casa and asking them how they ended up in Nogales. He starts to talk to a girl named Fanta and her life in the tunnel. Taylor joins the boys with a swimming lesson in the pool and starts to have a conversation with Fanta’s boyfriend Romel. He was not an easy person that was able to open up to Taylor, but Taylor noticed he was the wisest one out of all the boys. After a few minutes of convincing Romel that he was safe, Taylor starts to ask Romel about his childhood and his past.