On the remote volcanic island of Hawaii, 10-year-old Manu and her mother collect wild, endangered bees in order to breed disease-resistant colonies. Her father is protesting on the sacred mountain Mauna Kea against the establishment of a gigantic telescope. On a neighboring mountain, six NASA scientists practice living on Mars, and under the ground and the water, the Kilauea volcano quivers fatefully. With an artist’s eye for details and plenty of time for amazement, Swarm Season draws fascinating parallels between the micro- and macrocosm and challenges our understanding of nature, the world, and ourselves. If honey bees — one of the most robust and cooperative species on this planet — are threatened with extinction, what future does humanity have on Earth?