The true story of a family's move to an idyllic oasis, Grantsville, Utah, on the edge of the Great Basin Desert. They soon discover disturbing tales of local sickness and realize that incidents of cancer and birth defects are legion. This is the tale of a seven year quest to understand Grantsville's hidden history of ecocide, and a stirring account of how the lessons learned in the wilderness were later applied to building opposition to hazardous waste disposal, chemical weapons incineration, industrial pollution and nuclear waste storage.
Chip Ward manages Utah's public library development program. He is co-founder of the West Desert HEAL, Families Against Incinerator Risk, and Citizens Against Chlorine Contamination.