Fourteen-year-old Andi McCall lives in a Chicago high rise with her father, a preoccupied attorney, and her mother, an on-again, off-again cocaine addict. While her mom is in rehab that summer, Andi leads a dull life until her mother’s drug dealer nearly takes it from her. With a little convincing from her friend Ben, Andi decides to play it safe and spend the rest of the summer on her grandfather’s ranch in northern Nevada.
The evening she arrives, Andi meets a beautiful Quarter Horse named King’s Jubilation, an orphaned colt who grew to be a unbreakable stallion and who also mistakes her for an after-dinner snack. But when a life-threatening illness subdues the horse, Jubi learns to accept Andi’s gentle touch and the pair are soon more than friends. Together with Jubi Andi discovers that she is more gifted than she ever dreamed, with a secret past beyond her imagination.
Song of Falling Leaves (Overdue Books, ISBN-13 978-1-887309-2-64, 342 pages) is the first book in a four-part series that follows Orlando “Andi” McCall’s emergence as The Wanderer, a Benevolent who protects the earth from utter destruction during the Last Season. The second book in the series, The Last Winter, is in progress and is due to be published in 2016. Correction: Due 2019.