Reese and her debate partner David are in Phoenix for nationals, along with their coach Mr. Chapman. Their flight is delayed, and all of the sudden birds start dropping out of the sky onto the tarmac. On the TV there is a report of a plane crash in New Jersey, then a plane crash near Seattle, and a third crash in Texas. It is being reported that Canadian Geese are the cause of the plane crashes. The FAA grounds all flights, and leaves Reese, David, and Mr. Chapman stranded in Phoenix. After a few hours it is decided that they get a rental car and drive back to San Francisco. As they head toward California they are told to detour through Las Vegas because of a road block. They stop for gas and in the chaos Mr. Chapman is shot dead. Reese and David escape, and as they near where Area 51 supposedly is a bird flies right into their car causing them to crash. They wake up twenty-seven days later in a government hospital where they have been recovering from their injuries. They are escorted home by the FBI and are told not to say anything about the treatment they received at the hospital. As they get back to their normal lives, Reese starts having headaches and strange dreams. One day Reese gets run into by Amber, who is house sitting her uncle's place. They start hanging out and Reese feels this instant attraction to Amber. She questions if she into girls, or if it is just Amber that makes her feel that way. Amber does have a reason to get close to Reese, she is assigned to make sure Reese is adjusting to the procedure that healed her injuries from the car crash. Reese and David both notice that their scars have healed quicker than they should. As Reese and David investigate the hospital they were at it gets the attention of the United States government, and they are taken to another government facility for follow up examinations. What really happened to Reese and David in the twenty-seven days after their accident? Did aliens have anything to do with it, or is the government covering something else up?
I really enjoyed this book and as I was reading it I got this it could happen vibe from it. Just the whole idea of birds causing planes to crash and crippling air travel isn't that far fetched. Who knows what is being tested where and what effect it could have on humans or machines.