In this visionary sequel to Castro's Curveball, the former
Washington Senators Minor League catcher has returned to Havana
with a small role in a movie being filmed on location. Billy Bryan
soon realizes that this place and his past remain as star-crossed
as when he played winter ball in the Cuban capital decades before.
Against his better judgment, Billy becomes entangled in a scheme to
spirit a top baseball prospect off the island. This pits him
against his old friend Fidel Castro. Despite being in his final
days, the dictator remains a dangerous adversary, as does the Cuban
sports machine and the Mexican crime syndicates that now direct
baseball talent toward the U.S. Major Leagues. In Escape from
Castro's Cuba, Billy must once again navigate the crosscurrents of
the so-called City of Columns: a place where the sunsets from the
Hotel Nacional along the Malecón breakwater are as beautiful as
ever, but where the alleyways in Old Havana still fan out, crooked
and broken, like an old catcher's fingers.