Libby Emerson moved east from Montana many years ago, started a family, and married a young lawyer. Libby was only 32 when her husband was killed in a freak accident. She and her 10 year old son decide to return to Montana planning to reopen the tourist resort which she technically owns. However, it has been closed for many years since the death of her father. Libby discovers deplorable conditions and more work than she has bargained for, but finds that her young son is a strong and willing ally in their family venture. She also befriends an eligible deputy sheriff. Gordon Taylor slips inevitably deeper and deeper into her life. When the disastrous fire season of 2000 looms, Libby and her son set into motion plans to survive this catastrophe. Libby's future begins to seem secure, especially if she survives the firestorm, and if Gordon Taylor's ideas and overt plans are carried to fulfillment.
Bill Sands lives on the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington State far removed from his birthplace and childhood in Massachusetts. He spent a period of his early adulthood living in Tennessee before moving to Montana. He is a veteran of both the U.S. Navy and the Army National Guard, logging a combined total of over seventeen years in the two services. He is married with four children and a host of other descendants. He has lived in the contemporary settings of small towns as well as wilderness locations in the Montana wilds. For a period of years he operated a small cattle ranch in Montana and then followed other family members moving westward to Washington State. Here he was involved in a commercial fishing enterprise captaining his own salmon troller and long-line boat. In his retirement years he has furthered his boating interests spending long summers in remote British Columbia waters enjoying his leisure time with his wife and faithful dog Edward.