Amy, a twelve year old girl, lives under a glass dome. Her friend Gus is a grumpy 100 year old tortoise, who barely survived the ravages of global warming in his younger days. Amy narrates Gus's story of environmental disaster, when the forests burned and humanity almost destroyed the planet.
Gus remembers that technocrats called Bald-Headed Suiters were in charge of the survival of humanity. They cared little about the planet or the animals that populated it. Their solutions were short-sighted, only focused on progress. After the forests burned in the fires of global warming, they did nothing to replant the trees, but built villages under giant glass domes where the people could live and breath manufactured air.
With humanity isolated under glass, a funny thing happened... the world began to heal. Humanity, and especially the Bald-Headed Suiters, were like a virus, sickening the planet. The animals, including Gus the tortoise, noticed the change and went to work replanting the forests. As the new trees grew, the Suiters dreamt of rebuilding their cities and reestablishing their dominance over nature, setting the stage for an epic struggle between the animals and the Suiters.
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