In preparation for the massive Yellowstone volcanic eruption, the Monitors increased their observers. Such fascinating sociological data was rare. No one expected them to experience the joys and pains of living among humans. Love, shame, and grief are not felt only by humans; some emotions are universal.
Ann and the Monitors must face the challenges of a shattered world. Survival does not come with fanfare, background music, or beating drums; it comes with hard work and cooperation. They must learn to grab happiness, love and friendship while striving to survive with a modicum of honor and morality.