Julie and Laura Ferris are sisters who
have no one left but themselves. Julie is a Realtor in
Beverly Hills, working for a family-owned business that is
being slowly run into the ground by Patrick, the playboy son
of the owner. Patrick has always wanted Julie, but she has
refused him for eight years, unwilling to be just another
one of his women.
One day, the two sisters are enjoying
the beach, and the next, things are different. Laura begins
acting strange and Julie gets debilitating headaches.
Shortly thereafter, Patrick suffers a heart attack, but
recovers more quickly than can be imagined.
As Patrick seems to be renouncing his
old ways, Julie finds herself drawn to this new, better
man. But her sister needs her now more than ever, as she
insists she was abducted by aliens that day on the beach.
I admit, I was not expecting the
aliens. But Ms. Martin wove in quite a bit of knowledge
about space travel with commonly accepted alien lore (Area
51, Roswell, etc.). But the stellar part of Season of
Strangers was Patrick. Patrickís changes come about
as a result of an alien named Val merging with the spirit of
the old Patrick. Watching Val learn about becoming human,
while integrating the best parts of Patrickís life, was
fascinating and well-done. Best of all was watching him
fall in love, a concept that didnít exist on his planet.
While the concept of alien abduction was different, the
story of personal growth and love was exceptional.