A Fish Fell From the Sky reads a bit like a fable but takes one on a unique life story. Dr. Aurora Trout, working in a Pakistani refugee camp is kidnapped by the Taliban. She tries to save the life of a woman, falsely accused of adultery, from being stoned to death. Assaulted and stoned herself, and presumed dead, Aurora is buried in a cheap coffin in the desert. Through the lens of her fading consciousness, the reader is then engaged upon a journey of her wayward life, born to hippie parents just sixteen years older than herself. From a farm in Ontario, to California, then South Asia for numerous years, her story weaves like a fantasy.
Meanwhile, alerted days before, her estranged, long divorced parents, a part Native American father, Joe, and now wealthy upper class mother, Stella , attempt to save her by his calling up an old friend from decades before in Afghanistan. With this friend, Pasha, now a warlord, Baba Ku, do their utmost to find out what happened to her. It is a race for time as the forces of good and evil play out across their lives from past and present. A helping hand from unseen forces try inexorably Aurora's avowed atheism by God and messengers, including a fourteen year old boy, Johnny Dog, her father's best friend from youth, who had died tragically.