The Clan Of The Cave Bear plunges us into a primeval past where cavemen roam the earth. This story is about Ayla, a young homosapien whose parent’s are killed after an earthquake. She is left alone and defenseless until a miraculous encounter with a clan of cavemen (Neanderthals) saves her life. She is injure during the quake and nursed back to health by the medicine woman of the clan. Ayla is an obvious outcast compared to the rest of the clan, accepted only because of her relationship with the clan's medicine woman. The members of the clan, ruled by long seated traditions, are challenged by Ayla because she represents the modern form of a Cro-Magnon. As Ayla begins to grow and mature, her differences become pronounced putting her safety at risk. This is a wonderfully creative story that demonstrates the author’s extensive research into the Ice Age era. An exceptional story that combines altruism, heartbreak, feminist leanings and exception characters that are believable. Looking forward to reading the next installment.