Alex's family leaves him to visit relatives and Alex is finally alone to fend for himself when the unbelievable happens - his house catches on fire and his leg is trapped under his dresser.
He finally frees his leg and runs for help, but when he reaches his yard, he discovers ash raining down from the sky. A huge volcano in Yellowstone National Park has erupted and doesn't show signs of stopping.
Day after day the sky is grey and ash is accumulating like snow on the ground. Alex has no choice but to leave his community and try to find his parents. He straps on skis, packs some food, and puts a wet rag over his nose to keep from breathing the ash.
The author really made me feel and see what life was like - bleak, grey, dirty, dying plants and animals everywhere. People are running out of food and water. Outlaws are doing anything they have to to survive.
This book is not for the feint-hearted. But if you want to read a page turner filled with adventure and a big heaping dose of romance, you will love this book. I did! But I sure did appreciate going outside and breathing a big lungful of fresh clean air!