Overcrowding, climate change, mass animal extinctions, government inefficiency, corruption, reduction in literacy, and a lost appreciation for the arts. These are challenges faced by many nations of the world and that make the news headlines daily. Starting with these pressing and frightening problems, author Paulette Jiles has envisioned a bleak North American future where hope is symbolically and literally a beacon on a distant shore.
Nadia Stepan grows up an orphan in the continuous and teeming city where her parents abandoned her at age four, leaving her with only a handful of coins, a note and a drawing of some constellations. “You will be lonely for