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The acclaimed actor’s shockingly prescient novel of speculative fiction “presents a near-future United States torn apart by civil war and deep racial strife” (Tampa Bay Times). For the first time ever, available as an audiobook read by the author.


America today is teetering on the edge of the alarming vision presented in LeVar Burton’s debut novel, written more than two decades ago...

In 2012, the first African American president is assassinated by a white extremist—just four days after he is elected. The horrific tragedy leads to riots, financial collapse, and ultimately, a full-on civil war. In its aftermath, millions are left homeless as famine and disease spread throughout the country.

But from Chicago, a mysterious voice cries out...

To Leon Crane, a former NASA scientist now struggling to survive on the streets, the pleas he hears remind him of the wife he could not save—and offer him a chance at redemption.

To Jacob Fire Cloud, a revered Lakota medicine man, the voice is a sign that the White Buffalo Woman has returned to unite all the races in peace and prosperity.

And to little Amy Ladue, the cries are those of her mother, who disappeared during the devastating St. Louis earthquake—and who must still be alive.

These three strangers will be drawn together to rescue someone they have never met, a woman who holds the key to a new future for humanity—one remarkably brimming with hope.

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About the author

LeVar Burton is an acclaimed actor, director, educator, and cofounder of the award-winning Skybrary App; former host and executive producer of PBS's Reading Rainbow; and a lifelong children's literacy advocate. He hosts the podcast LeVar Burton Reads, sharing the in best short fiction, and a YouTube Series, This Is My Story, which highlights racism in America. Recently, he launched the LeVar Burton Book Club with Fable, a new platform for book clubs and social reading with the mission to improve mental wellness.

LeVar starred in the groundbreaking mini-series Roots and in the television series and feature films Star Trek: The Next Generation. He has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards and twenty-seven Daytime Emmy nominations, culminating in twenty-one wins. During its astonishing twenty-six-year run, Reading Rainbow won more than twenty-five awards, including ten for outstanding series and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. LeVar has also been nominated twice for the Spoken Word Grammy Award and won in 1999 for narrating The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.


“LeVar Burton brings a strong new voice to science fiction with this powerful, even disturbing, novel.”

Ben Bova, New York Times bestselling author

“An amazingly good first novel.”

Rocky Mountain News

“I highly recommend this book!”

Whoopi Goldberg

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