PAVONES, Puntarenas – The sick, old man is sitting up sideways in his net hammock draped in front of the Pacific when he hears the news. Pale scars and red scabs cover his legs, while days-old dirt is caked to his bare feet.
When he is told “The King” is returning to take back the land he once owned, his eyes wander toward the distance, as if hunting for some escape, before lapsing into a look of resignation.
“There’s a war coming,” he says. “And it’s

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