It’s been called the Crater, the Pile, the Hole, the Reckoning, Ground Zero. There, in utter calamity, a village formed to reclaim the ground that had been lost. For some, it was duty; for others, obsession. Some heroes, some thieves. The author survived the falling towers and was the only journalist who stayed for twelve days more. This is the story of the village he lived in, of the life at the edge of death.