When he was three years old, Brando Kelly Ulloa was abandoned by his Mexican father. His mother, dreaming of a more exciting life, saw this as an opportunity to change her small family's identity. The life of “Brando Skyhorse,” the American Indian son of an incarcerated political activist, was about to begin. Through a series of letters to Paul Skyhorse Johnson, a stranger in prison for armed robbery, Brando's mother reinvents herself and her young son as American Indians in the colorful neighborhood of Echo Park, California. There they live with his grandmother and a rotating cast of surrogate fathers. Many years pass before a surprise discovery leads Brando to figure out the truth of his origins.
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