After a lifetime of service as a transcriber in the court of King Charles III and in Alta California, Sergio Moñino sits at his desk in Monterey in 1818 and pens Calafia for posterity. Sergio tells the untold story of the Spanish conquest of California. His tale is filled with lust, political intrigue, murder, and a bloody clash of cultures. Travel back in time with Sergio to1767, an era of ignorance and enlightenment. Rub shoulders with Spanish royalty and revel in their debaucheries. Venture aboard the ships that brought Old World values to the New World. Trek with the priests and soldiers who sought to tame the strangers they encountered during their "Sacred Expedition." Meet the indigenous people who resisted the Spanish incursions. Calafia is the most complete tale ever of the colonization of California. It is also the first in a planned series about the people who made the Golden State what it is today.