The Cacouna Caves and the Doorway to the Golden Planet is the sequel to The Cacouna Caves & the Hidden Mural.
Catapulted to 2040 CE, Deanna Aynsworth, a seasoned time traveler, finds Earth in a state of chaos—the result of climate change and crippling bad choices made by former US President Trapp. Most countries are decimated by floods and other natural disasters, extreme temperatures, and nuclear fallout. The world is plummeting into a second Ice Age. Will the Cacouna Island caves offer a way out for Deanna, Justin, Sarah, Matt, and their friends? The caves hide an ancient power spot through which few travelers have traveled in time. If they can escape the devastated Earth and reach the utopian Golden Planet, what will they find? And will they ever be able to return home to Canada?
The Cacouna Caves & the Hidden Mural (historical fantasy) is followed by its sequel, The Cacouna Caves and the Doorway to the Golden Planet (sci-fi fantasy). Although mainly set in the future, there are a couple of chapters that offer flashbacks to the distant past. (Chapter four, 'Emilie's Story', explores how Emilie Roy voyaged from Europe to New France in 1683 when she was just sixteen years old.)
“It all began with a dream. Each time I woke up, I could still picture the scenes of the dream clearly in my mind’s eye. Then I’d drift back to sleep and the dream would continue. And so it went—on and on. When I awoke for the final time, I was still lying in my hammock in the garden in Cacouna. The sun was beginning to set. The glacial rock was at arm’s length from me. Our family cottage and its surrounding grounds had not been swept away by the river or by apocalyptic flooding. The village stood in the distance, just as it had for centuries—the church steeple towering above the clusters of charming, centuries-old houses and elegant buildings. Behind the church, with its silver spires, the farmers’ fields made a green and gold patchwork quilt that spread for kilometres and kilometres, to the concession roads and beyond. But the dream-visions I had seen, so vivid, lingered with me for days. I started writing. The novel poured out of me like a torrent of dreams. Who knows, the book might inspire a few people before it’s too late for our planet. After all, our story—the history of human beings—is not written in stone. We can turn the page and rewrite it.”
--Sarah Beaumont, Cacouna