"The Bay Area was in the midst of an autumn heat wave, hot, dry, and unnatural. The air electric against my skin, I had the sense that a single match could ignite us all..."
A fifth-generation Californian and the daughter of a prominent state politician, Natalie Askedahl idealizes her past, particularly her relationship with her gifted older brother. Natalie is thrust into overnight notoriety when her brother is arrested as the primary suspect in a deadly bombing spree. Forced to confront her illusions about her past as her present life crumbles, Natalie is torn between helping her brother and protecting her own family. Golden State explores how fragile the foundation of an ordinary life can be.