— Josephine Barrow on helping Cassie Poulson got out of the hole she dug
One day, in July 2036, Cassie Poulson decided to dig a cellar next to her house, which could be used as a refuge from bandits with Stepper boxes as well as tornadoes. She accidently discovered a cave, and glimpsed a Silver Beetle inside it. Yelling, she attracted the attention of Josephine Barrow.
Not wanting to have to leave the town she had spent the last year building, she didn't tell Josephine - or anyone else - about the encounter, or the possible threat it posed.
Instead she told her that she had struck groundwater - not good for bulding a cellar. Together, they covered the hole over with wood and then forest-floor dirt.