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As he guided the Quest jet over the tailing pond that had once been a valley where a small boy listened to stories from his Welsh grandmother and Irish grandfather, where the horizon had seemed forever bound by coal-seamed mountains, Race Bannon acknowledged the pang of homesickness.

But then Jonny piped up with a question, and Hadji pitched in with the wrong answer, and by the time he and Benton had straightened out the misconceptions the jet was a hundred miles past Pennsylvania and Race had forgotten to mourn the family he’d lost in thinking about the family he’d found.