E.K. Johnston has written a novel for youth and teens that young and older adults will like as well. He creates a futuristic version of Canada and the United States as well as for the whole world as parts of various countries belong to others; part of the US in now part of Canada for various reasons due to political reasons in the story. E.K. Johnston also shows us that music does have a purpose in some very unusual places and professions. Prairie Fire is also a story of many types of families from the home family to a work family to a family of friends. It is also a story that tells us that we all have to work together in what we choose to do and yet be able to tell our own stories as Siobhan does with music.