NANCY MURRAY is a nurse turned writer. She grew up on the beaches of North Florida in a state often assailed by powerful hurricanes. 'The Night the Elephants Cried' is her second rescue-adventure, 'Gullah The Nawleans Cat Meets Katrina', her first. Visit her website at www.nancymurrayauthor.com
The elephant emerged from the water, a moving wall of gray cut against a startling blue sky. Wild high grasses brushed the columns of her huge legs as she dwarfed the hill that rose behind her. Massive footprints left pools of river water where she emerged from the pond that had slaked her thirst and provided her family an afternoon of muddy play.