Richard Levesque has spent most of his life in Southern
California. For the last several years he has taught composition and
literature, including science fiction, as part of the English Department
at Fullerton College. His first book, Take Back Tomorrow, was published
in 2012, and he has followed it with other science fiction and urban
fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories. When not writing or grading
papers, he works on his collection of old science fiction pulps and
spends time with his wife and daughter.
Scarlett Fisher is an
average California teenager. She likes hanging out with her friends and
talking on the phone. She does all right at school, and she's made the
best of her parents' divorce. But in one way, she's special: on her
fifteenth birthday, a fast-moving plague wipes out everyone she's ever
known, yet somehow it passes her by.
Her family dead, alone in a
corpse-strewn metropolis, she has no choice but to survive. She needs
food, shelter, a safe place to sleep. She discovers that an ordinary
girl is capable of extraordinary things, and that she's more resilient
than she imagined. Even so, she wishes more than anything that she
could just find another survivor.
Unfortunately for Scarlett, not
everyone who survived the plague is looking for companionship. And
she's about to find out just how difficult survival really is.