'I used to be human once. So I'm told. I don't remember it myself, but people who knew me when I was small say I walked on two feet just like a human being'...But now Jaanvar - Animal - walks on all fours, the catastrophic result of what happened on That Night when, thanks to an American chemical company, the Apocalypse visited his slums. He lives a hand-to-mouth existence, with a crazy old nun called Ma Franci; Suman, the daughter of a local musician; and his dog Jara. Each of them had their lives irreversibly changed on That Night. When a young American doctor called Elli Barber comes to town, she intends to set up a clinic to treat the lingering consequences of that dreadful event. But how can she persuade these people who have been so harmed by foreigners that she isn't there to do the same? How can she heal the wounds that lie underneath the skin? How can she win over Animal and his people?