Susan tells me by way of introduction:
''Living in the large desert cities of Arizona, I marveled at how people and leaders never talked about water as a delimiting factor in growth. In the cities of Phoenix and Tucson, people delude themselves that technology can outwit nature -- a widespread fantasy in the Southwest USA. As Director of Education at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, I realized that more educational programs would not move the needle as the community approached a threshold. Lack of water and rising heat threatens life itself. Lake Mead hovers at emergency levels, the average low temperature in Phoenix had risen by 10 degrees, while a huge chunk of the nation's food production sucks massive flows of Colorado River water to deliver you fresh lettuce and broccoli. To sound the alarm, I decided to write a novel -- to move into the heart space to engage people to understand the urgency. The book is a love story, an adventure, and a cautionary tale brought to readers through the lives of ordinary people and wildlife in a crisis. Solutions exist in the deep history of the Old Pueblo.''