Falko Ernst draws on a decade's worth of entries and sojourns into it. He delves into the communities of Tierra Caliente over which La Familia Michoacana / Los Caballeros Templarios have never lost control.
He also talks about how local populations come as close to an ''organized crime social base." He further argues about order and life under criminal governance here is far from straight-forward or one-sided, but full of strains, cracks, contradictions, and volatility - all of which has implications for the performance, and ultimately survival, of projects of criminal governance. As much as possible, he attempts to narrate it from the perspective of those who live in those communities.