Miles, a high school senior, attempts to lead his family from ash-covered Minneapolis to what he hopes will be the safety of his family’s cabin in northern Minnesota. A massive volcanic eruption has covered the United States in ash, pitting people against each other for survival. Riding his creation, the Ali Princess, a family-carrying, sail-propelled, super bike, between Minneapolis and the family cabin proves dangerous as they experience price gouging, hostile squatters, and thieves. Miles learns to trust his instincts, and treasure his family; he realizes that a man is only as good as his ability to help himself and his family.
This is a great starting point for those readers who are reluctant to read science fiction. The story is grounded in a realistic, current setting, and Miles and his family exhibit many of the same traits as modern families. Weaver’s follow-up, The Survivors, extends the story and introduces new conflicts that fit the overall story.