The Black Death Author:Gwyneth Cravens The story opens with a young woman returning from a camping trip in the western US, during which she was bitten by the flea vector of plague. Perhaps because she is very healthy, she progresses through the bubonic phase of the disease with little distress and becomes a pneumonic carrier -- that is she is able to transmit the bacteria directly vi... more »a her respiratory tract.
In the dense population of New York, with a medical profession that has no familiarity with the disease or is symptoms, the plague goes undiagnosed, untreated, and spreads like wildfire. The bodies pile up, panic ensues, and the fun begins.« less
From the cover...It's war. Millions of invaders, assaulting, killing, dying, digging in, girding for more fighting. The invaders are tiny microscopic organisms with a foreign name. Yersinia pestis. A girl named Sarah Dobbs is their beachhead. The war is plague. The same plague that ravaged medieval towns, brought rats out to dance in the streets and left corpses stacked like cordwood in the alleys and gutters. And Sarah has brought it home to New York.