Samantha and George are about to launch into a sabbatical year in the quaint Mexican town of Oaxaca. For Samantha, the trip is a reconnection to her past and an opportunity to complete her novel; for George, it is an unsettling step into the unknown. As the couple depart for Oaxaca, a monarch butterfly begins its annual migration south from Canada to Mexico. The story of its remarkable journey, woven into the fabric of Ruins, draws striking parallels with the challenges faced by Samantha and George as they adapt to their new surroundings. Beneath its picturesque veneer - the 16th-century architecture, the nearby ruins - Oaxaca is a town shaken by political unrest. Samantha and George will find themselves embroiled in events that will alter their paths forever. Ruins masterfully captures the shadows and light of a troubled country steeped in history and culture, weaving together personal, political and natural dramas into a thrilling portrait of life south of the Rio Grande.
Peter Kuper is the co-founder of political graphics magazine World War 3 Illustrated and the author of several graphic novels, including The Metamorphosis and Stop Forgetting to Remember. A Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, he lives in New York City.