Teens D.J. and Russell, life-long friends and neighbors, had drifted apart but when their firefighter fathers are both killed, they try to help one another come to terms with the tragedy and its aftermath.
In a future where electronic surveillance has taken the place of love, a veterinarian is putting computer chips in animals to control them, and those creatures choose young Zane, who understands their speech, to release captives and bring them to a technology-free safety zone.
In a future where electronic surveillance has taken the place of love, young Zane uses technology to talk to animals and battles an evil veterinarian who is working on a new device to control animal movement and speech, employing Zane's dog as his first test case.
"Zane and his animal comrades have foiled Dr. Gristle's terrible plots twice--the doctor still can't talk to animals, and he can't get at the heart of what makes them wild. Zane, however, can talk to them. And what they're telling him is very disturbing. Zane keeps getting in Dr. Gristle's way, though--and now he's being sent as far out of the way as he can get, to a strange 'camp' in the middle of nowhere...In order to get home, Zane must figure...
Arlo Brodie loves being at the heart of the action on the football field, and while his dad cheers him on, his mother quotes head injury statistics and refuses to watch, but Arlo's winning plays, the cheering crowds, and the adrenaline rush are enough to convince him that everything is OK--in spite of the pain, the pounding, the dizziness, and the confusion.
Eighteen-year-old Eric deals with the loss of his older brother Duane by meeting three of the seven recipients of Duane's organs a year after his death, and pondering who they are to him, and he to them.