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Sixteen-year-old foster-child Bodie McCann is on a youth-rehabilitation spelunking adventure with four other teens. An earthquake causes a rockslide that buries the adults, stranding the boys deep in the Ozark wilderness of Arkansas. Despite their differences, the boys work together to hike out of the forest, until they stumble onto a marijuana farm. The leader of their group decides to take the marijuana and sell it, forcing Bodie and the others to make fateful decisions.


Mike Klaassen is the author of "Scenes and Sequels: How to Write Page-Turning Fiction" and "Fiction-Writing Modes: Eleven Essential Tools for Bringing Your Story to Life." His works of fiction include "Backlash: A War of 1812 Novel," two young-adult novels ("Cracks" and "The Brute"), and Klaassen's Classic Folktales, a series of fairytales retold as novellas: "Hansel and Gretel" and "The Frog Prince." He publishes "For Fiction Writers," a free monthly ezine about the craft of writing fiction. For more, visit