As the current age thunders to a close, five children are playing in a river that runs through a forest to the sea. All the while, the society they are to inherit is disintegrating.
The story follows the diverse predispositions of the kids from the river into adulthood. Amy and Max become lovers while James maintains an erotic passion for Amy and becomes Max’s scheming rival.
In their decaying world, lawless marauders from the northern frontier sweep down upon a teetering world government while political conspiracies and disease run rampant.
As adults, the kids from the river take separate paths to finding love and losing it, to ascending on meteoric careers and plunging into the depths of self-destruction.
Amy’s father, John Ramsey, inventor of the mysterious Moon Glow project, is continually under assault as the head of the world’s most successful company. Known as the “last great man,” Ramsey is despised by the new political order, led by Senator Aaron Mire, a charismatic charlatan and a product of a descending age.
In these desperate times to come, the duration of life and memory diminish.
Mark Cosman’s message speaks to mothers and fathers everywhere; this is a beautiful and sensitive book.
Mrs. Nancy Reagan
My daughter. Berlyn, was asleep on a fold-out couch at her high school prom party when a former classmate and high school dropout shot her in the head for no apparent reason. Her murder prompted me to leave the rubble of my beliefs and assumptions to go in search of answers to the most profound questions we ask ourselves. “A Flower in the Snow” is the result of that odyssey.
Exalted humans from an unknown origin descend to the human domain of happiness and sorrow where they become the Gods of our collective memory. There, they engineer a superior humanoid race. Daya, a humanoid, and the God, Quay, are companions since childhood. As adults, they become intimate lovers. War among the humanoids and a geologic cataclysm on the Isle of the Gods cause the lovers to become separated in the mayhem.
Fearful humanoids will exceed the limits assumed for them; the Gods secretly plan to cull them. In a heroic rebellion, Daya impedes the grand experiment of the Gods and alters human evolution forever.