Fifteen is hard enough.
Especially when your parents want to save the environment one hybrid car at a time.
Throw in a move from the exciting city of Portland, Oregon to a passive solar straw bale home ("the hellish house of hay") in the small mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona and things suddenly get a lot harder for Amber Petersen.
Not only that, but while her parents are on a business trip in France, the young woman they hired to watch Amber and her brother, Jake, suddenly disappears. Now Amber has to figure out how to take care of her seven year-old brother with no real friends in her dinky new town, no driver’s license, and midterm exams.
Then things start getting complicated.
In a terrorist plot gone horribly wrong, much of the earth’s population is rapidly dying, taking the world’s infrastructure along with it. A mutated strain of the H5N1 virus has been unleashed on the world and no one can stop it in time.
Amber finds herself alone with her brother on their small farm with no way of communicating with the outside world, when Jake becomes very sick. Winter is fast approaching, and she has no idea if her parents are still alive.
Amber's parents have emerged from the global tragedy alive and find themselves in the south of France with a handful of other survivors. They travel from a village outside of Avignon to Biarritz, where they prepare for their ocean journey back to America.
Meanwhile, Amber and Jake struggle to stay alive and take care of their most basic needs, all the while figuring out what they future holds for them and for the rest of the people on earth.
Will Amber and Jake make it through the winter? Will their parents find a way to return home?
What happens when not everyone left on earth is a good person?
In less than one year, Amber finds her courage, love, and a new way of looking at life on this planet.
This is all part of Painted Maypole's Monday Mission. We had to write a movie trailer, so I took the young adult novel I've written and imagined that man with the deeeep voice doing the voiceover for mine.