Modoc is a poetic recounting of the nineteenth-century Modoc War fought by Modocs and the U.S. government in northeastern California. Modoc engages with the way history dwells in contemporary environments, sometimes in subtle and indirect ways, and explores how landscapes create narratives. The beautiful and foreboding region boasts lava fields, wildlife refuges, beet farms, a Nazi POW camp, and a Japanese-American internment camp. The contemporary agrarian landscape is a physical byproduct of the region's conquest, bound to a history of war and displacement. This land is inhabited by markers of primordial, ancient, colonial, and modern history. Hidden within its marshes, petroglyphs, ancient obsidian mines and war memorials is a more complete history of the Modoc War than the romanticized version normally told—a history that speaks of more than just battles and assassinations.