As he endures a last vigil at his mother's hospital bed, Mason's school is bombed and razed to the ground, and everyone he knows is killed. Aries survives an earthquake aftershock on a bus and thinks the worst is over when a mysterious stranger pulls her out of the wreckage, but she's about to discover a world changed forever. Clementine, the only survivor of an emergency town hall meeting that descends into murderous chaos, is on the run from savage strangers who used to be her friends and neighbors. And Michael witnesses a brutal road rage incident that is made much worse by the arrival of the police, who gun down the guilty party and then turn on the bystanding crowd. Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad? Struggling to survive in a world gone mad, clinging on to love and meaning wherever it can be found, this is a journey into the heart of darkness, but also a journey to find each other and a place of safety.