trop•ic (ˈträ-pik) n. The turning-point; a solstitial point.
Hunter Roberge's mother disowned her and kicked her out of the house at the age of eighteen. Betrayed and emotionally devastated, Hunter escaped Otter Falls, Vermont, on a bus and started life anew on the west coast. Sixteen years later, her mother dies and inexplicably leaves her estate to Hunter rather than her sons.
Hunter’s two brothers are confused and angered by the bequeathing and Hunter is forced to deal with unresolved family dynamics. Amidst this turmoil, a chance meeting with a childhood acquaintance results in unexpected romance.
Hunter soon discovers that her mother's disposition of her estate is not the only mystery. A series of events reveals long-buried secrets that bring her to a point of questioning what she believes to be true, and this becomes the tropic of Hunter.
The power flickers, the ground shudders and when the backup system kicks in, Lieutenant Jessica Baumer and Staff Sergeant Branna Maguire do a routine equipment analysis and check the exterior surveillance cameras, where they see an unspeakable horror. Somehow, someway, without warning, the world as they know it has ended.
Originally used as ‘lab rats’ for an isolation experiment they are in their subterranean data center at Fort Hood, expecting another “normal” exercise. It becomes anything but.
There is little information available, which leads to many questions and no satisfactory answers. What happened and, more importantly, are there other survivors?
When the air begins to clear, Baumer and Maguire set off on a journey to one of the few areas of the country rumored to be less devastated by the attack. Their mission is to reach sanctuary, a safe compound and shelter run by a woman who has been preparing for a catastrophic event for years.
The law and order of modern day civilization has ceased to exist and the situation has become where only the strong and clever will make it to another day. Others join the two soldiers along the way; some are skilled, some are in need of rescue and others, who will stop at nothing to be masters of this new world order.
Do Baumer and Maguire, even with their military training, have the capability and fortitude to make it to sanctuary? And, if so, what will they find when they get there? Will it be the hope for civilization and America’s future?
Or is this really The End?