The setting is the American
Southwest in the area known as the Four Corners
(where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet).
The year is 1991; it's been at least twenty years
since most of the uranium mines and mills on the
Colorado Plateau closed, taking with them employment
for both local "Anglos" and Navajos, but the effects
of the industry are still being felt - physically,
emotionally and spiritually.
Ryland Mahoney, a former foreman at the uranium
mine, is now dependent on an oxygen tank, and
worries that he won't be strong enough to give away
his daughter at her impending wedding, but he
refuses to connect his former employment with his
current health. Woody Atcitty, a Navajo, is
seriously ill with cancer, and Woody's...
Beyond the Book
Did you know?
According to the
Uranium Information Center:
- Over half of the world's
production of uranium is
from mines in Australia and
- 8 mining companies
account for almost 80% of
- Nuclear energy supplies
over 16% of the world's
- 31 countries use nuclear
energy to generate
- 80% of France's
electricity is from nuclear
- Over 12,000 reactor...