Ten years after Earth's electronics were fried by an immense solar flare, most human technology has turned useless and civilization has begun to fail. But one thriving pocket is a valley on California's coast, where farmers in a religious cult dwell. A tribe of local hunters protect them. But this arrangement gets upended when a young refugee, Kyle Skander, wrecks his kayak there as he seeks to paddle north to Arcata. Kyle finds himself accused of murdering a young woman from the commune. To win freedom, he must find the real killer. His combative personality and a background in logic and philosophy helps Kyle make headway at this task. His investigation begins to uncover the valley's deepest secrets. Then, buried rivalries erupt into a battle that alters forever this enclave's fate.
About the Author
Paul McHugh is the award-winning author of six books, including three novels. He's an accomplished outdoorsman and a lauded journalist whose work has appeared in "The New York Times", "The Washington Post", "The Mercury News", and, for much of his career, in "The San Francisco Chronicle".
" A taut thriller by a terrific storyteller. The political headlines of today make it timely as hell." -- Dan Rather, "News & Guts Media"