A woman discovers a hidden power, and travels the world trying to learn how to use it, in “a deeply fascinating and extremely timely novel” (Margot Livesey, New York Times–bestselling author of The Boy in the Field).
Thirty-year-old Bronwyn Artair feels out of place in her doctoral program in Atmospheric Sciences at MIT. So she drops out and takes a job as a TV meteorologist, much to the dismay of her mentor. After a year of living alone in New Hampshire, enduring the indignities of her job, dumped by her boyfriend, she discovers that her deep connection to the natural world has given her an ability to affect natural forces.
When she finally accepts she really possesses this startling capability, she must then negotiate a new relationship to the world. Who will she tell? Who will believe her? Most importantly, how will she put this new skill of hers to use? As she seeks answers, she travels to Kansas to see the tornado maverick she worships; falls in love with the tabloid journalist who has come to investigate her; visits fires raging out of control in Los Angeles; and eventually voyages to the methane fields of Siberia. A woman experiencing power for the first time in her life, she must figure out what she can do for the world without hurting it further, in a novel about science, intuition, and what the earth needs from humans.
“Full of amazing science, and even more amazing characters, it's the kind of book you want to press into the hands of everyone you meet because you need them to read it so you all can obsess and talk about it.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times–bestselling author of With or Without You