Mae Malveaux, an attorney with Minneapolis Child Protective Services, is burnt-out, tired, and frustrated. Passing on an invite from Jill, her flirtatious coworker, Mae just wants a quiet night in. Leaving the office late, she's surprised to find the Heritage Line streetcars up and running and hops aboard, eager for a quick trip home. But this is no ordinary streetcar....
A new world is emerging years after war destroyed society. In a Minnesota lake, the last surviving loons await the one who can help heal the earth. Each year a human sacrifice is brought to them to be endowed with special gifts, but they come at a terrible price. Even as the rest of the world rebuilds, Grace Kriske's life is shattered. Unable to walk, Grace's only solace is her lover, David Tvedt, a trader who wants to take her away with him - if she'd let him.