Linda is desperate to be one of eight lucky women chosen to participate in the world's most ambitious ecological experiment.
Looking back with nostalgia at Ecosphere II, which rises like a spaceship from the Arizona desert, Linda knows she can survive under its glass dome.
The competition is fierce among applicants, including Ramsay, a fluent public relations man, and Dawn, a naive beauty.
Everyone is sure that they would never, ever, ever break the closure before two years had passed unlike their discredited predecessors.
Inside this humid microcosm, the work of the terraneros for crops and livestock, their battles with creepy bugs, their hostilities and sexual mischief are watched by the tourists who come to watch with their eyes open, the cameras of the Mission Control and the attentive gaze of the media.
As the crew struggles to control nature, and hunger settles in, the serpent in this Eden begins to look unmistakably human.
Inspired by real-life events, The Terranauts is a darkly comical story, acutely insightful about human behavior, animal instincts, idealism and ambition.
Putting utopian visions and individual motifs under the microscope, this is T. C. Boyle in his fierce, perfect pitch-perfect.