Global warming has arrived. Charles Peters is a cultural linguist, with the depressing task of recording languages and cultures as they are lost to The Changes. Madé is an eight year old, orphaned by the tropical cyclones that have devastated his Indonesian island home. Marie-Claude Bertillon is a senior bureaucrat who has emerged from the wreckage of the UN and must find a solution to dealing with the millions of refugees from old Europe. Follow the lives of these three survivors as they deal with the world around them, and the challenges that arise. The first in a series of personal histories, The Changes reveals what the future will be like, and how humanity will respond.