Laurence Gonzalesâ€™s electrifying adventure opens in the jungles of the Congo. Jenny Lowe, a primatologist studying chimpanzeesâ€”the bonobosâ€”is running for her life.A civil war has exploded and Jenny is trapped in its crosshairs . . . She runs to the camp of a fellow primatologist.The rebels have already been there.Everyone is dead except a young girl, the daughter of Jennyâ€™s brutally murdered fellow scientistâ€”and competitor.Jenny and the child flee, Jenny grabbing the notebooks of the primatologist whoâ€™s been killed. She brings the girl to Chicago to await the discovery of her relatives. The girl is fifteen and lovelyâ€”her name is Lucy.Realizing that the child has no living relatives, Jenny begins to care for her as her own. When she reads the notebooks written by Lucyâ€™s father, she discovers that the adorable, lovely, magical Lucy is the result of an experiment. She is part human, part apeâ€”a hybrid human being . . . Laurence Gonzalesâ€™s novel grabs you from its opening pages and you stay with it, mesmerized by the shy but fierce, wonderfully winning Lucy.