Born in Seville to a dishonoured governess, Diego Clemente finds solace from the turmoil of his early years in the world of books. Presented with the tremendous opportunity to assist in compiling the first guide to the birds of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, Diego embarks on a journey that will transform his life. Arriving on the eve of the Mexican Revolution, Diego finds himself in a world of precarious beauty, where opulent henequen plantations are built on the backs of slave labour, and where the social order is on the brink of imploding. There, Diego falls in love with Sofia, the beautiful, independent daughter of a Mexican farmer, a woman who longs to be as free as the birds she also loves. A mesmerizing tale of star-crossed passions, a pair of mysterious birds, and a young man's quest to honour both his mentor and his father, 'The Mapmaker's Opera' is by turns hilarious and poignant, a lyrical, magical novel to treasure.