It’s 2141, the weather is savage, energy politics is brutal, and millions of climate refugees from Asia eke out an existence in a greening Australian desert.
Todd, the teenage son of powerful Indigenous energy mogul, Dr Madrigal Phipps, is kidnapped. A furious Dr Phipps gathers her old team from AuZgov Security Services and a renegade hacker, Andaman Marko, to hunt for Todd and his missing neo-Blues band, but both the climate chaos and her shadowy foes are treacherous.
The young people are held captive in a reclusive community in a central Australian gorge, run by a cult of privacy and silence, called the Qwietude. As adolescent tensions of sex and affection escalate, Todd and his friends plan their own escape. They scramble across the ravaged central desert to beat the arrival of the supercharged monsoon, and Todd calls up skills taught by his Indigenous Elders to survive.
Then, out of the blue, Madrigal’s 120-year-old father-in-exile calls with an extraordinary request from Kyoto, the only place on the planet where cherry trees still blossom.
Could Todd’s disappearance and the Old Man’s request be linked? And will the extreme weather prevent Madrigal from rescuing her son?
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About the Author
Once in Australia’s deep tropical North, Colly Campbell was a both a journalist and sometime playwright, actor and musician. In 1996 he moved to Canberra with his family and worked as a media and policy adviser in the Senate for the Australian Labor Party including Opposition Leaders and latterly for the Minister for Defence. Colly was closely involved in many Senate committee inquiries, governance reforms and multiple Federal election campaigns. He was also, for a time, Communications Director at the Australian Institute of Criminology.
Pacey crime and speculative fiction intersect in Colly’s Venn diagram of imagineering, and having worked around Government and traveled all over Australia, the future holds an endless fascination and concern.
Over the years he has published short stories, written and produced theatre and used the knife block of poetry to sharpen his language. He is now a full time writer.
He has published The Capricorn Sky and the sequel, The Kyoto Bell.