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In The Beginning is a best selling novel about survivors after a global pandemic reduces the world population to a thousand people scattered on all continents. One colony sets itself up at Mira Mesa High School in San Diego, California. The site was choosen because the high school is fire proof and earthquake proof according to standards established by the State of California for public schools.
The book has had amazing success after the recent brush fires in Southern California. The reason why the colony chose the high school was the fear of brush fires and earthquakes. During both major brush fires the high school was used as an evacuation center as hundreds of houses burned in San Diego.