Archaeologist Nel Bently has her own crew, her own research, and a private patron to fund her passion for dirt. With her trowel barely into the dry earth of Chile’s coast, however, Nel learns she and her crew are being watched.
Los Pobladores, known to Nel only as vandals and looters, take issue with any archaeologist brave or stubborn enough to set boots on their land. Nel is both and far from willing to give up the site that will make her career. She must keep her crew, her friends, and her life’s work safe, but with a benefactor playing chess with their lives, and angry militants who may actually have a point, Nel is ready to fight dirty.
X-FILES meets LARA CROFT in this snarky sci-fi about where we came from, and where we’re going
Archaeologist Nel Bently always dreamed of finding a ground-breaking site--she just never thought it would be on another planet. Not to mention, Xenoarchaeology is not her field of expertise. She doesn’t even like science fiction movies.
Then Nel realizes the trip to the site took much longer than she thought--as in, years--and Lin is more interested in putting a ring on Nel’s hand than answering her questions about when she can go home. Between shady explanations, lost time, and studying people that are literally alien, Nel might have made the biggest mistake of her life.
Archaeologist Nel Bently left Chile in the wake of murder, vandalism and UFO sightings. No sooner has the school semester started when cops are at her door. Accused of a murder she’s not certain is her fault, Nel has no choice but to go on the run. She starts a game of connect-the-dots across North America following her gut and clues left by her elusive alien-benefactor-turned-almost-girlfriend.
Running from the law isn’t easy with her field pack and a handful of scorned exes to depend on. Between starvation, untraceable texts, and a harrowing journey through the wilderness, Nel is forced to question everything about the science she loves and the people she trusted.