As a member of the international non-government organization, JCI International, the book chronicles in a 12-day span his tale of the harrowing saga of the super typhoon and its immediate aftermath as he recounted his journey in and out of the stricken city. The non-fiction novel also looks into the lives of seven other survivors narrated in snippets and that of Juan, a philosophical character he had brilliantly interwoven into the plot that would definitely raise questions about one’s own humanity and morality.
In retrospect, the book finally tackles the controversial issues that plagued the government’s rescue and rehabilitation effort, revealing an in-depth post-evaluation of the political debacle that resulted in the slow response of aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. What could possibly have gone wrong? This is the mystery where the book trails off. “I like to present the book to the whole world that they may understand what really happened here,” said the young novelist Albert Mullés. “This book is a testament of the resilience and strong resolve of the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, especially in Ground Zero, Tacloban, and in Leyte and Samar, where to this day, they are continually rebuilding their lives in honor and in memory of the thousands who had died whose exact number will never be known.”