A century ago the pandemic known as The Calamity wiped out most of the population.
Illya Oslov’s village is on the brink of starvation. Food supplies are dwindling, and winter is slow to release its grip. The ways of the old world are regarded with fear and superstition. Reading, farming techniques and modern technology have been forgotten. But, Illya believes that the hidden knowledge of the old world holds the only hope for his people’s survival.
Now, Illya’s people eke out a meager existence as hunter-gatherers, barely scraping up enough food to sustain themselves, but when Illya discovers an ancient copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac ®, and learns to read it, he quickly realizes that the wisdom within its pages could save his village, assuming he isn’t banished just for having it.
In a tale of greed and intrigue, in a devastated world, Illya must navigate the treacherous waters of knowledge, ignorance, and prejudice. He must form a tenuous alliance with his greatest enemy, putting his very life on the line to become his people’s greatest hope. But, will his newfound knowledge prove to be their salvation? Or will it destroy them all?