A Tale for the Time Being In Tokyo, 16 year old Nao has decided to escape from her loneliness and the bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun. A diary is Nao’s solace and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, meet Ruth, a novelist living on an island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and forward into her own future. A story of shared humanity and the search for home. The Dog Stars In Colorado, a superflu has culled most of humanity. Hig lives in an airport community, which he shares with his Cessna, his dog, and a survivalist. He spends his days flying the perimeter, looking for intruders and thinking about his losses. When a distant beacon sparks, realization that something better might be out there and just a matter of time before he goes searching.