... of what could you could be in for if a modern day plague broke out. The author gives the reader a glimpse into the final days of a family as they deal with the ramifications of a modern, incurable strain of bubonic plague. When Liz's 4 year old son begins to show signs of being ill, she thinks it is a cold and continues his daily routine. As word of a plague epidemic in the southern part of the country spreads, and her son's symptoms worsen, she realizes that maybe he is more ill than she thought. As any concerned parent would do, she calls the medical help line for confirmation and assistance. When "help" does arrive, it is in the form of a military unit that boards them into their home. They are given aspirin and a mild sedative, and are told to try to make their son comfortable. Then, the plague spreads to Johnny, Liz's husband. She knows she's next, but still has to try to care for the two dying men in her life.
This story is not for the feint of heart, or weak of stomach. Ms. Hinsley goes into all the gorey details of what the family goes through during their brief bought with a fatal illness. It is all too easy to put yourself in Liz's shoes and wonder what on earth you would do when faced with such a hopeless and dire situation. Very highly recommended!