In the not too distant future the borders that separated North America have been dissolved. The leaders of the new Tri-Gov, like all other dictators before them, have tightened the iron fist around the working people. Middle class people who once thought only of their day to day existence now find themselves outcasts in search of freedom from the ruling class. Jackie once a mother, housewife and professor of history, now finds herself willing to trek a no man's land in order to provide her children with something they do not have: the chance to live and breathe in free air. And like all mothers, she will do what it takes to provide for her children.
Billie Sue Mosiman has painted a desolate and unfortunately all too possible future. All is not lost, however. One of the greatest triumphs of the human spirit stories I have read in a long time. Worth the read and the re-read. You too may find yourself realizing just how close to this word we already are.