5:10 p.m.: 16-year-old Heidi Landseth is in her home near New York City. Her parents are away on business and she is lonely and bored.
5:15 p.m.: Across town, 17-year-old Patrick Farquhar, a volunteer rescue worker, longs for an emergency.
5:30 p.m.: Flight #116, a 747 jumbo jet, is nearing the New York area.
5:41 p.m.: Suddenly, a deafening roar fills the air and a violent wind sucks Heidi's breath from her body. A huge plane has crashed in the woods just beyond her house. Mustering strength and courage, Heidi--alone at first, and then with the aid of Patrick and hundreds of others--works to help the victims. It is a night that will change her life.
Caroline B. Cooney
CAROLINE B. COONEY has written more than 75 novels for young adults. Her books have sold more than fifteen million copies and have been printed in many languages. She lived in Connecticut for many years, but has recently moved to South Carolina. Please visit her online at www.carolinebcooneybooks.com.