They could be out there, you must know, those heretofore unknown bipedal hominids commonly called sasquatch. Owing to a complete accident, youthful widower Jake Holly shoots and kills a female sasquatch and takes her back to town on a travois only to be charged by the local prosecuting attorney with murder, because the creature is so human-like. This imaginative, hard to classify and tightly woven tale explains up front, in a prologue that soars from the creation of the universe to the present day, just how these creatures came to be traipsing around in the big trees surrounding Mount St. Helen’s. With intricate details and occasional bursts of literary language, the author offers a fast-moving fiction of events that shock the Pacific Northwest town of Aurora, Washington, then reverberate around the world and into the White House – thanks to the internet. Hee-Haw’s tavern is ground zero for local oddballs and elbow benders to posture, talk Bigfoot, and offer their peculiar yarns in colorful idiom, while Jake Holly and Jessica O’Reilly are falling in love despite an age difference that Jessica’s powerful father, the prosecutor, cannot abide. When Sasquatch enters the picture, a tripwire is broken and every preconceived notion is instantly upside down.
Some fourteen thousand years ago, on a windswept ocean’s rim near what would come to be known as Vancouver, stood two groups of hominids. One was a group of twelve. The other numbered nearly three hundred. A large male stood at the front of the bigger group and faced the other dozen. He made a series of head shakes and throaty, one-syllable sounds followed by the sucking of air through clenched teeth. He pointed a thick finger toward the deep and ancient forest beyond. The smaller group was cast out, its witless members cursed to fend for themselves. They would live or die on their own. Remarkably, the castouts did, indeed, survive. But they evolved and improved very little compared to their brethren, though they did become physically large and astonishingly secretive. And they continued reproducing into our own time. Certain of the Pacific Northwest native tribes, themselves begat from the larger group on that prehistoric shore, came to call them Sasquatch.