THE TRIUMPH OF RESISTANCE
In the second book of Micah's adventures, our aging outlaw finds
himself in a high-tech prison of the not-so-distant future, where his former
domestic life with Dolores now only seems like a fading dream. Feeling
hopelessly desperate and facing the prospect of a lengthy term of incarceration,
he hatches an escape plot with the timely assistance of David Carter, a
young computer engineer who has access to the institution's computerized
automatic-functions system. After a barely successful escape, Micah, David,
and their Mexicano prisonmate, Reynaldo, decide to hide at a communal ranch
in the badlands of southern New Mexico.
NoMan - the commune's founding elder and chief philosopher, brings Micah
to Silver City for a poetry reading. That night the notorious escapee is
reunited with his beloved Dolores, who has been living with her lesbian
lover in Silver City during Micah's period of imprisonment. Faced with
a succession of severe crises in their lives, Dolores and Micah once again
become close friends and lovers.
The story winds inexorably through the tumultuous early years of the next
millennium, as Dolores and Micah struggle for a meaningful existence in
a rapidly transforming society. Ultimately, they and their friends (and
offspring) witness the birth of a new cooperative social order - a socio-political
Phoenix risen from the ashes of civil war, famine, and the plague-ridden
years called the "Terror". In the final chapters, Micah, as an aging recluse,
recalls the triumphs and tragedies he has experienced in a lifetime spanning
the cusp of a new age.