She can change a life or even the world with her words.
She should have kept her mouth shut.
Flint thought that having six older brothers and growing up in a dangerous frontier town would prepare her for anything. She soon discovers that the world is a lot more complex than she expected, and it’s going to take more than a strong back and good intentions to achieve her goals.
When it comes to magic, all the wishes in the world won’t change who you really are. And sometimes that’s okay.
Alice Sabo is the author of science fiction, fantasy and mystery novels. She lives in North Carolina, where she gardens with hopes of outwitting the ravenous wildlife. You can find all her series, the order in which to read them, along with maps and other extras on her website. www.alicesabo.com
Nick lives at High Meadow med center. The people there stay hopeful as they work toward self-sufficiency. He counts survivors for Angus’s research. He wants his life to stay as normal as possible in a world he barely understands.
Wisp is a fugitive biobot. He lives off the land, moving from town to town, hiding his extrasensory skills. He is a Finder and will accept the right kind of job. Silence and subterfuge keep him alive.
Lily is a young girl with long brown hair and eyes the color of ripe cherries. She is searching for her brother. They were separated while fleeing armed men. She is part of something that started before her birth.
When these three lives intersect, a chain reaction of death and violence will change the course of the future and impact the very survival of the human race.
What had started as a simple trip turns into an undercover operation for Nick, leaving Wisp to return to High Meadow on his own with a van full of children. In the search for answers, Nick learns that the problems are more complex than he imagined. The country’s minimal infrastructure is teetering on the brink of collapse. And the people in charge are not at all what he’d hoped.
Angus predicts that the high mortality rate from the last round of flu could cause the disintegration of smaller settlements putting people on the road. With the train stations closed, there will be no food or shelter for these refugees, leaving them victim to marauders and starvation.
As Tillie scrambles to plan for a winter without train food, the influx of refugees is eating up precious supplies.
The world is changing again and they must adapt or die.
The president arrives at High Meadow with his entourage of bureaucrats and faux-military. Tillie and Angus don’t have time for any distractions as a massive wildfire bears down on their settlement. It will take more than hard work and good intentions to get them through this catastrophe.
Martin is leery about sending all of his men to aid those in the path of the fire thereby leaving their borders unprotected. They are most vulnerable in their commitment to help others.
Wisp and Nick work the fire lines seeking out people fleeing the raging flames. Only Wisp can find those lost in the heavy smoke, risking his life to bring them to safety.
Behind their backs, certain people are questioning every decision. At a time when they most need to work together, the outsiders are creating divisiveness.