Altiplano is built upon moments of trauma and loss but is, fundamentally, an expression of faith in the possibility of redemption and mutual understanding for mankind. The main protagonist, Grace, is a war photographer who has lost her soul in Baghdad. She suffers further grief at the loss of her husband. She is forced to evaluate her perception of reality, her obligations of conscience, her relationship to the image and her sense of worth. In Peru, Saturnina sacrifices her body in protest against corrupt outsiders. Saturnina’s spirit and Grace’s body eventually merge, in a sense, by infusing one another with purpose and power.