Roc, August 2004, 23.95, 496 pp.
A multi-colored electrical storm that contains a beam of light is over Cape Cod. Soon a white light blinds everyone and the pain in their heads is intense. Nothing electrical works when their vision returns in the United States and probably worldwide. As time passes people call the event the Change even though they don't know who or what was responsible for the new Dark Age.
Survivors moved to the outlying countryside to learn to grow crops so they can eat. Folksinger Juniper Mackenzie heads for her country hideaway joined by coven members and the people who can contribute to the well being of the group. These are hard times so she is forced to turn away people for the good of the group.
Surviving a plane crash Mike Havel and the Larson family make their way from Idaho to Oregon where they can settle on land the Larsons own. It is not an easy journey because they have to fight gangs and cannibals but they thrive by gathering up members to become part of their future community. Both Juniper and Mike's groups are threatened by an organized army headed by the Lord Protector who sees them as serfs and slaves. To keep their freedom, they must fight him and win.
As Mike and his followers travel the country side, readers see how different groups cope with the change. The predators come out of the woodwork hoping to become the rulers of their very own fiefdoms.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner