Written by John Goswell
Crumpling national economies raise fears of another world war, but there are other powers working in secret, developing their own agendas. Their actions catch everyone off-guard. When catastrophe strikes, Teek is ideally situated to survive. Normally he would embrace isolation as it enabled him to pursue, without interruption, his passion to build a humanoid robot. Being alone, becomes a different matter when there is no longer a choice.
For Mary, finding out about her aboriginal heritage leads her into a wilderness experience of her own. She is, however, never really alone. Mary has to struggle against formidable odds just to survive, but more is required of her than just survival.