RITA RUIZ – 48 (21 when the comet hit). David’s wife. Lucas’ mother-in-law. Rita immigrated to America from Peru when she was 16. Rita, a brilliant student, graduated college at the age of 19 and went to work at a leading biomedical research lab. By the time she was 21, she was working on advanced pilot programs for stem cell research. After the comet hit, Rita used her skills to formulate health remedies for the clan. One of her most valuable creations was a sun block ointment made from plants grown in the hydroponic greenhouse. UV radiation was a major concern of the clan. Rita was also responsible for working with Fred Hesse to catalogue and preserve seeds for future crops. Her second largest contribution was establishing a permanent bee colony to pollinate the crops in the greenhouse. When her daughter Mary died giving birth to Milo, Rita tried hard not to blame Anna. Nevertheless, Anna was the clan physician. She was the only one capable of saving Mary…and she failed.