Chief Kasmali, a changeling charged with monitoring earth's environment keeps hearing the voice, "Jack Cramer. Protect him." Traveling the planet with his Siberian husky, Astay, Kasmali finds Jack in Valdez, Alaska, running a Mexican restaurant with his wife, Janie. At the time, Jack, a transplant from Southern California, is not sure he needs protecting but he accepts Kasmali's friendship.
Kasmali intends to honor the voice, and soon Jack needs his help more than ever. Not only does Kasmali sense that the atmosphere is ripe for a natural disaster that could destroy all of Valdez, but Jack fights for his life when he is framed for murder by a crazed teenager.
In this story of friendship, love, terror, and deceit, a cast of characters comes to life-from scientist Dr. Rodrigo De La Cruz, to a phony bartender, an ex-cop from Los Angeles, and the Cramer's foster child, Ricky. As Kasmali comes to terms with his assignment on earth, he learns what it's like to be human and that "it be okay."