COSTA RICA... A PARADISE TEEMING WITH INTRIGUE AND EXCITEMENT The Grand Tico watches over Costa Rica and the more than four million people who live there. But even the Grand Tico is beginning to find a growing number of illicit liaisons, drug dealings, political intrigues, murders, and brutal sexual dealings. Those kinds of transgressions, unsavory though they are, don't kindle the kind of frenetic turmoil that arises between two Costa Rican families from a simple disagreement between two high school students. Such rivalry, however, has grown over the years into a full-blown personal and political rivalry that threatens all of Costa Rica. Gerardo dreams of setting up medical clinics throughout the land. Orlando is determined to be powerful and rich... and the president of Costa Rica. Both love strong, beautiful women who foster conflict and create dramatic changes in their lives. The two men have been bitter enemies since their youth, but are inextricably thrown together in an explosive saga of sex, drugs, corruption and murder... one that is curiously interwoven in the very fabric of philanthropic works.