For those that are familiar with Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, this is up your alley. During the building of the now Redwoods National Park and neighboring State Parks, the coastal California logging community was experiencing an abnormally high number of birth defects, miscarriages, cancers, and other maladies. This novel, a work of fiction, follows the Gunderson family with split points of view as the logging family navigates the reality of the changing times. There are few, if any, standing old growth redwoods left to be harvested. Those that are still standing are under a lot of contention between the Forest Service and the logging companies as the state begins to protect the groves. Meanwhile, the Forest Service and the logging companies are spraying the roadsides and harvest sites with chemicals to reduce the underbrush, this is running off into the local creeks and water supply leading to an uptick in the above issues in the livestock, wildlife, and human populations. The novel addresses these issues as the family notices them, and as it comes to light that these issues are occurring and the way things have always been, might not be the best way to move forward.