Offering a rarely seen female perspective on gang life, this raw and powerful memoir tells not only of one woman's struggle
to survive the streets but also of her ascent to the top ranks of the new mafia, where the only people more dangerous than
rival gangs were members of her own. At age 5 Sonia Rodriguez's stepfather began to abuse her; at 10 she was molested by her
uncle and beaten by her mother when she told on him; and by 13 her home had become a hangout for the Latin Kings and Queens
who were friends with her older sister. Threatened by rival gang members at school, Sonia turned away from her education and
extracurricular activities in favor of a world of drugs and violence. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious
street gangs in America, became her refuge, but its violence cost her friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly her life.
As a Latin Queen, she experienced the exhilarating highs and unbelievable lows of gang life.
From being shot at by her
own gang and kicked out at age 18 with an infant daughter to rejoining the gang and distinguishing herself as a leader, her
legacy as Lady Q was cemented both for her willingness to commit violence and for her role as a drug mule.