Sometimes it’s hard to make the right choices, even with a god whispering in your ear.

Jack Daughter has been trying for years to find happiness, but no matter where he runs to, the memory of the little sister he abandoned haunts him. Terrified of her rejection, he follows a merchant caravan into the Southern post-apocalyptic wasteland instead of seeking her out. He hopes more distance between himself and America will help fade his guilt of past wrongs.

Despite The South being a territory of fear and legend, his caravan is eager to capitalize on an unseized financial opportunity. Tempers flare and party members turn hostile, as the South’s fantastical—but deadly—flora and fauna tries to consume them all. If Jack doesn’t leave The South to find his sister soon, it might be too late.

When a “god” of painted light arrives offering assistance to find Jack’s sister, it seems too good to be true. But no one else can see Jack’s god, and his messages are cryptic. This mysterious being could be Jack’s last chance at redemption… or just another trick of The South, luring him into danger.

Content warnings:

Language, f/nonbinary non-graphic sex and sexual elements, brief violence, brief homo and transphobia, alcohol use, cigarette use, talk of child exploitation and sex work, discussion of past trauma, global pandemic, fire

Lesbian, nonbinary, and demisexual 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.