THEME One of the themes in the book was fear. Fear was a significant factor that played a role in how obidient citizens were to Trujillo. Due to the fear, people didn't speak out against Trujillo's reign. Dede was scared about what would happen to her sisters and Jaime was scared about losing his property, that is why they didn't join the alliance. However, fear was the driving force behind the rebellion of the National Underground.