Millions watched on television as the mundane tragedy of a hostage crisis in the town of Indigo Springs turned into something worse... much worse. But what really happened in Oregon last summer? All most of us know is that "magic," once the province of fairy tales and big-budget motion pictures, is now an undeniable reality. Giant wasps attacked police lines at the site of the hostage crisis as a woman escaped on a flying carpet. Later, earthquakes shattered the town's buildings. When the trees began to grow to impossible heights throughout the town, dozens went missing.
Of the thousands of survivors who fled from their homes in time, none has been able to return. The town of Indigo Springs remains enclosed and inaccessible within its mystical forest.
Is the woman known as Sahara Knax really a goddess, as her followers claim, or is she merely an opportunistic cult leader, a master manipulator capitalizing on a catastrophe, but one not of her making? Knax has taken credit for triggering the so-called "ecological Apocalypse," allegedly to warn a careless human race to mend our Earth-polluting ways. Can she really lead us to a cleaner, brighter future, or is something more ominous at work in the Western United States?
Alyxandra Margaret Dellamonica (born 1968) is a Canadian science fiction writer who has published several short stories in the field since the 1980s. She writes in a number of sub-genres including science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history.