Religion, faith, and commitment are most important to Patria
Patria is the eldest of the Mirabal sisters and she is the slowest sister to join the rebellion against Trujillo.
"Living on the Rocks...and in the Sand"
Mate and Leandro are moving around a lot
Minerva and Manolo have another child
Patria's sisters are going through tough parts in their life, she's feeling as if she is living comfortable on the "rocks" while they are living in the "sand".
Dede and Jaimito are going through bankruptcy
Keep My Boy Safe
Patria is still "running scared" in her life, especially worried about her son Nelson. Patria decides to send Nelson to a religious school in the capital, where he will be under supervision. It is hard to convince Pedrito to let Nelson go, as he says "the best school is on the farm". Patria says that the seminary is the safest place for young men these days. The terror of Trujillo's regime is now the SIM and it no longer involves the church. Pedrito finally allows Nelson to go.
We need to send him away they will supervise him and keep him safe.
From my perspective working on the farm is more fit for him!
Patria decides to take a religious retreat with Padre de Jesús and her religious group of about thirty women. Patria and her group decide to go the mountain town of Constanza. There had been rumors of an invasion so Patria and her group have to delay their retreat. Eventually the invasion seems nonexistent so Patria’s group leaves in June. The fourteenth of June is the last day of Patria’s retreat. She and her group are talking in the retreat house when suddenly it is rocked by explosions. They hear gunfire and huddle in the corner. They watch men in camouflage run across the grounds towards the house, followed by the campesinos and some guards. The men in camouflage make it to the deck of the house, but then four are captured, and Patria watches the face of a young man get shot. Patria is traumatized.
Two months later, Patria joins Padre de Jesús and a few others for a meeting of the “Church Militant.” She is tired of waiting for the pope and archbishop to condemn Trujillo, she decides to take action on her own. Patria decided to create a group called the ACC, and they plan to create a national underground counterrevolution, teaching the brainwashed campesinos to not hunt down their liberators, reminding them that it is a deadly sin to kill a fellow human. After the meeting Padre de Jesús asks if Patria knows others who would like to join, and Patria is sure that Minerva and her group will. Padre de Jesús comments on how much Patria has changed, and she feels like her vision is finally clear. The next week Patria gives birth to her baby and she comes out when Minerva and her group are having their meeting. She invites them all inside her house for the first time to tell them about the ACC and their purpose.
They are in contrast to Patria
Patria’s house becomes the “motherhouse of the movement.” Minerva and Manolo’s group merges with the ACC, and Manolo becomes president. They name their group the “Fourteenth of June Movement” after the massacre in the mountains. Their mission is to create an internal revolution (counterrevolution against Trujillo's regime). Patria lists the actions they must take in the house –they are to make bombs, Nelson's job is to count ammunition, Minerva checks the viewfinders of rifles. Noris is sent off to live with Mamá, and they use her room to hide the arsenal of weapons among her toys and perfumes and Pedrito now buries boxes of weaponry on his land. Their mission is to harvest a new birth of freedom!