by Mike Mullin
Alex is a typical teenage kid, staying at home for the weekend while his mother, father, and sister go to visit his uncle and his family in Warren, Illinois. Alex Halprin and Darla Edmunds try to survive the aftermath of the Yellowstone Supervolcano. The supervolcano erupts, and there's ash everywhere. Alex takes shelter with his neighbors, and then decides to set off to find his parents in Warren. He travels through the countryside, coming across an escaped convict named Target. Target trys to kill Alex with an axe; he barely escapes, and tumbles into the barn of the Edmunds, Darla, and her mother, Gloria. They help nurse him back to health, and he assists them with their farm chores. Then Alex and Darla decide to go find Alex's family. They both eventually fall in love and survive the Supervolcano.
Darla- Is tough strong farm girl, who does'nt take nonsense. Eventually falls for Alex and they have a romance. She's smart, never does something that is useless.