Narrator Ray Chase infuses the feeling of a grand epic into her performance of this story set in a future Earth rendered uninhabitable by dangerous storms. Listeners will be quickly caught up by Chase's careful attention to bringing out the details of this world as young thief Mischa tries to escape from her uncle with her drug-addicted brother. When two alien clones arrive, Mischa befriends them in the hopes that they will take her and her brother to space. But when things take a dangerous turn, Mischa is left with desperate choices, and refuge in the deep caves underneath the city may be her only hope.
The time is the distant future. Earth has been rendered uninhabitable by terrible storms during which its only city, Center, constructed around a natural cave system, is sealed from the outside. Mischa, a young thief whose capabilities are enhanced by hereditary mutation, is trying to escape with her drug addicted brother from the dominance of her uncle. When a starship arrives, commanded by the twin alien pseudo-sibs, Subone & Subtwo, Mischa seizes her chance. All goes well until Subone, in a moment of cruelty, lures Mischa's brother into a fight, killing him. Mischa exacts her revenge, but then has to flee the wrath of the aliens and take refuge back in the deep caves underneath the city.