Thomas “Tom” Baum is an American playwright and screenwriter best known for writing The Sender and Carny, both of which he wrote directly for the screen. He lives in Los Angeles with his producer wife, Carol Baum.
Arky and Maya are carriers of a gene that defines a new human species.
Arky has several gifts he has trouble accounting for. He was born knowing Spanish, could perform feats of carpentry when he was four years old, and played a complete tune on the guitar the first time he picked it up. He’s haunted by memories of things that never happened to him—events that seem to have happened to his biological dad, Lloyd Yarbro, who deserted Arky’s mom when Arky was a baby.
Arky’s transcontinental search for Lloyd Yarbro brings him face to face with his equally remarkable cohorts: Galen, a 10-year-old boy-wonder preacher born with total recall of the Bible; Kyle, a country rock musician who’s been invading Arky’s flashbacks; and, above all, Maya, a high-school science whiz, whose bizarre pregnancy unleashes an all-out government search for Arky, Maya, Lloyd Yarbro, and their fellow mutants. A YA novel for all ages.