Prologue: Five Years Ago
Mazolli hires Terrastina to dig a well on his property. She comes out every day for a week, deploying and tending to her drilling equipment, but not having much luck. Mazolli brings her coffee and muffins and sometimes makes her lunch. Don’t you think humans are the most pathetic creatures? says Mazolli. Every animal in the world knows how to sniff out water except us. Terrastina nods. It’s a survival skill we don’t have anymore, she says. Terrastina never finds water on Mazolli’s land, but she stays on. They stop digging and have a set of twin girls instead.