Esperanza and her father are walking through the vineyards on their ranch in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Pretty nice way to start a story.
Esperanza's father explains to his daughter that their land is alive. If you lie down on the ground, you can feel it breathe and hear its heart beating.
Adorable little six-year-old Esperanza doesn't think this is weird. In fact, she tells Papa she wants to hear the land's heartbeat, and she snuggles up next to him on the ground, like a little caterpillar.
But she can't hear the earth's heartbeat. She's getting impatient.
"Wait a little while, and the fruit will fall into your hand," Papa tells Esperanza. In other words, be patient.
Finally, Esperanza hears the gentle "shoomp, shoomp" (not to be confused with "Shmoop, Shmoop") of the land's heartbeat. Cool.
Esperanza can even feel that her heart beats along with the earth's—and with Papa's. Three hearts beating together as one.