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As a veterinarian, Helena had mercifully escorted thousands of
animals to the other side. Now, having died herself, she finds that
it is not so easy to move on. She is terrified that her 37 years of
life were meaningless, error-ridden, and forgettable. So Helena
haunts-- and is haunted by-- the life she left behind. Meanwhile,
David, her shattered attorney husband, struggles with grief and the
demands of caring for her houseful of damaged and beloved animals.
But it is her absence from her last project, Cindy-- a chimpanzee
who may unlock the mystery of communication and consciousness--
that will have the greatest impact on all of them.
When Cindy is scheduled for a research experiment that will
undoubtedly take her life, David must call upon everything he has
learned from Helena to save her. In the explosive courtroom drama
that follows, all the threads of Helena''s life entwine and tear as
Helena and David confront their mistakes, grief, and loss, and
discover the only way to save Cindy is to understand what it really
means to be human.