A Spanish scientist claims to have invented a paint which could slow down the spread of Chagas disease, a fatal illness suffered by 18 million people in Latin America.

A phone call from a stranger. A few words. "My people are dying. Can you help me?" The Spanish chemist Pilar Mateo has no idea that this man, at the other end of the line, could change the course of her life. She should be in Spain, but she's in Argentina unveiling an innovative insecticidal paint. He should be in Bolivia but he's in Spain, and learns of her existence through a press release. He decides to wait for her. A few days later, they meet over a coffee in Valencia. The twists of destiny. In a few seconds he, Cleto Cáceres, a doctor, will convince her to cross the Atlantic with him to his country, Bolivia, where he will show her a hell of poverty, filth, vampires and death.

These vampires are only three quarters of an inch long, they have wings, they suck blood by night and, in doing so, inject the victims with their fate. They are just bedbugs, but carriers of the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite. In Bolivia they have already infected nearly two million people with the Chagas disease, and threaten 55 per cent of the country: 3,700,000 people live at risk of suffering the disease, an illness that goes hand in hand with poverty...

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