“Wonderful . . . a story about young people organizing for a sustainable future…as their once-radical elders try to hold on to a gradually disappearing past.” ―Charles Baxter, author of The Sun Collective
He was nine when the vines first wrapped themselves around him and burrowed into his skin. Now a college botany major, Jeremy is desperately looking for a way to listen to the plants and stave off their extinction. But when the grip of the vines becomes too intense and Health Services starts asking questions, he flees to Brooklyn, where fate puts him face to face with a group of climate-justice activists who assure him they have a plan to save the planet, and his plants.
As the group readies itself to make a big Earth Day splash, Jeremy soon realizes these eco-terrorists’ devotion to activism might have him—and those closest to him—tangled up in more trouble than he was prepared to face. With the help of a determined, differently abled flame from his childhood; her deteriorating, once–rabble-rousing grandmother; and some shocking and illuminating revelations from the past, Jeremy must weigh completing his mission to save the plants against protecting the ones he loves, and confront the most critical question of all: how do you stay true to the people you care about while trying to change the world?
“Ellen Meeropol has an uncanny knack for examining the big topics of our contemporary world and putting a human face on them . . . a must read.” ―Ann Hood, author of The Obituary Writer
“Gripping . . . irresistible characters.” —The Berkshire Eagle