Jay Li should be in Chicago, finishing high school and working at his family's restaurant. Instead,
as a born member of the Yellow Dragon Clan—part human, part dragon, like his grandmother—he
is on a quest even he does not understand. His journey takes him to Santo del Vado Viejo in the
Arizona desert, a town overrun by gangs, haunted by members of other animal clans, perfumed by
delicious food, and set to the beat of Malo Malo, a barrio rock band whose female lead guitarist
captures Jay's heart. He must face a series of dangerous, otherworldly—and very
human—challenges to become the man, and dragon, he is meant to be.
The Painted Boy is published in hard cover.