St Petersburg 1881: The bones of a newly deceased wild horse is shipped all the way from Mongolia to the zoologist Michael. He has never seen anything like it and is stunned when he realizes that the skeleton in front of him resembles that of the prehistoric wild horse, a lineage thought to be long extinct. Mikhail starts dreaming of an expedition to the Mongolian plains. This seems like an impossible feat, until the day the adventurer Wolf approaches him.
Mongolia, 1992: For many years, veterinarian Karin has worked to bring the Przewalski horse from Europe and back to Mongolia where the last wild horses died out decades ago. She travels to the conservation area Hustai with her son Mathias, who has his own reasons to get away from Berlin. Ever since she grew up at Göring’s Carinhall, where wild horses lived in captivity, these animals has meant very much to Karin. But her commitment to them comes with prize, now as it did then.
Norway, 2064: Eva refuses to give up on her farm in a Europe that is falling apart. Most people around her has already left their homes and Eva’s teenage daughter Isa is begging her mother for them to flee as well. The power is out, food is more and more scarce. It is only a matter of time before they too will be forced to leave, but Eva is holding back. The wild mare she is taking care of is expecting a foal and one day a young woman in need of a place to stay, turns up out of the blue. Her name is Louise.
The third novel in Maja Lunde’s Climat Quartet is a story about humans and animals and the human animal. How have we affected other species on earth? What separates us from the animals? Is there still time for us to correct our mistakes? And what would it take for us all to survive?