The death of Dewbell’s husband is only the latest blow in a life of hardships and tragedy. But depression—her constant companion—does not keep her from being vigilant of those in need, especially when they’re children.


So when she takes a new job as an armed guard with her brother-in-law, escorting a “father” and his five-year-old boys from the city of Hammerlink and through the wasteland to a new town, her instincts warn her that their escortee, Eliot, is not who he says he is. Jumpy and aloof, he’s disinterested in caring for the twins and seems unsure of his own story. Aware of the vile practice of buying and selling orphaned children in Hammerlink, Dewbell cannot tolerate delivering the kids into the hands of people who will abuse them.


But Dewbell is a novice guard, unpracticed with her gun, and calling Eliot out on his deceptive motivations could not only put her and her brother-in-law in danger, but the little boys she’s sworn to protect. 

Content warnings:

Language, brief violence, talk of child exploitation, clinical depression, mention of self-harm

Deaf and asexual rep 

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The Travelers Series is a collection of "cozy" post-apocalyptic books by author, Al Hess. Many can be read as standalone stories.