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Just after midnight on March 13, 1928 the recently constructed St. Francis Dam gave way, releasing a 160-foot-high wall of water down San Francisquito Canyon. The torrent swept huge pieces of the dam, some weighing thousands of tons, more than a half mile downstream. Four hours later the water thundered into the Pacific Ocean after erasing nearly everything in its 50-mile path. By morning, more than five hundred people were dead or missing. It was the worst American civil engineering disaster of the twentieth century.

Everything In Its Path tells the story of Santa Paula archaeologist Randall Thompson and his daughter Kate, who are excavating a Chumash Indian site in San Francisquito Canyon. As the dig progresses, Randall is puzzled by remains interred beneath a layer of silt. Kate explores the town of Castaic Junction and the dam's powerhouse, she getting to know the real-life residents. Then she makes an alarming discovery: the dam is leaking!

Intertwined with Kate and Randall's story is that of the prehistoric Chumash settlement. Tribe member Singing Bird is tormented by dreams of water, and her village being swept away. But leader Lone Wolf belittles her premonitions, and threatens her if she speaks out. As storm clouds gather, Singing Bird must decide whether to submit to Lone Wolf or try to save the tribe from the awful event she foresees.

Across the centuries the two girls' fates are drawn together, culminating in a remarkable discovery as they struggle to save their loved ones from a force that will sweep away Everything In Its Path.

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Around midnight on the morning of March 13, 1928, the recently constructed St. Francis Dam gave way, releasing a 160-foot-high wall of water down San Francisquito Canyon. The torrent was powerful enough to sweep huge pieces of the dam, some weighing ten thousand tons, more than a half mile downstream.

For four hours the water thundered toward the Pacific Ocean, erasing nearly everything in its 50-mile path. There was only one survivor from the town of Castaic Junction. The towns of Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula were largely destroyed. By morning, more than five hundred people were dead or missing. It was the worst American civil engineering disaster of the twentieth century.

William Mulholland, the man who brought water to Los Angeles, was a superb self-taught engineer, but he was not a trained geologist. In designing the St. Francis dam he failed to recognize the layer of schist upon which the dam was constructed was actually the remnant of an ancient landslide, and was fundamentally unstable. On the day before the disaster, Tony Harnischfeger, the dam keeper, called to report water leaking from the west abutment. Mulholland and his assistant hurried to the site and observed water leaking from both sides of the dam, but ultimately pronounced it safe and returned to Los Angeles.

In the aftermath of the disaster, Mulholland accepted full responsibility. On the witness stand at the inquest he broke down and wept. "Don’t blame anybody else, you just fasten it on me," he said. "If there is an error of human judgment, I was the human."

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