Fate cannot be controlled and is frequently quite unpleasant. Yet, a bad hand that is dealt by fate can be the start to new and better phase in life. It all depends on how it is played.
Rigoberto, copywriter, takes a ride in his van to get away from a broken down marriage. When his vehicle breaks down as well, he drifts into a hellhole of a silver mine in northwestern Mexico. Out of money he takes a job underground and finds out very quickly that he and all the miners are getting shafted. They are exploited, maltreated, and abused by the management, expat Americans and Canadians, and every move is controlled by brutal security guards. There is no cohesion in the workforce that could result in standing up to the evil schemes and demanding fair wages and a safe workplace.
Grime and breath taking stench, darkness and mortal danger, pain and unbearable suffering six hundred meters underground is his daily life until he has a near fatal accident. It is his first lucky break! With time on his hands, while he is recuperating, he explores the insidious set-up of inciting the workers against each other.
Barely recovered from serious injury and declared fit to go back to work by the nurse Mireilla, a woman he really likes and respects, he is beaten within an inch of his life by colleagues who accuse him of the foul murder of one of the gringo directors. It is his second lucky break.
As all good things come in packages of three, Rigo does not want to find out what is next in store for him. He wants get out and away from this hellhole. Desperately!
But there is no escape, or so it seems until his charismatic foreman Miguel who had strike action on his mind for a long time shows him the way.
Finally united, the miners succeed and Rigo can start a new life with his newly found love, the nurse Mireilla.
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T.S.Aguilar worked and lived with his wife Cathy for several years in Mexico. They made a couple of documentaries on archaeological digs in Guanajuato at first and later worked as teachers in the state of Coahuila.
Besides getting first hand experience of the corruption of police and politicians that plagues the country, they got to know and befriend some of the most wonderful people they had ever met and with whom they had sometimes endless discussions and conversations. Thus, they became aware of the daily struggle of the common people to survive and improve their lives.
Based on many of the conversations, the novel entitled "Shafted" is not so much fiction as it is actually a collage of facets of daily life in the worst of workplaces in Mexico - the hundreds of illegal mines still in operation.
T.S.Aguilar lives in Canada at present.
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