At almost eighty years after its publication this novel, which decreed John Steinbeck's literary success, preserves the charm of American epic. "Plan della Tortilla" is the Monterey district in which Paisanos live, a place to survive is the primary end. Descendants of the early Californians, form a colony of poor but happy people, of logging in but intimately unconscious in whose veins is intertwined Mexican blood, Indio and Spanish. Among these he lives Danny, who inherited two houses and lives with seven Paisanos to which he granted the right to dwell in him owned by him. The days spend between drinks and courses, scams and expedients, while work is considered the last resort to get the means of subsistence. Equipped with a horse spirit, the characters that populate the pages of this masterpiece of American narrative live with humanity and great dignity its moral and material decline in the illusion of a better tomorrow. With a vibrant narrative style and a taste for the almost chronicle description, Steinbeck pays tribute to all those who crossed the border.