Rose lived a sheltered life in the Almond area of Queenstown in the Federated Republic of America until her mother vanished. That's when things careened out of control and she collided with the Underground, a resistance movement aimed at pushing the dictator Martin out of power and reuniting the divided population. Amidst training as a rebel, Rose discovered Martin had far more than division planned - he wanted to conquer. And Rose knew she had to stop him. But at what cost?
Growing up under an abusive father in Queentown's Havana area had taught Marcos to rely on himself — until he ends enslaved on a farm outside Queenstown and questions everything he thought was true. As he struggles with his deep yearning for freedom against the machine that is the Martin regime, Marcos uncovers a secret militia aimed at taking over Queenstown, and eventually the nation. What's more important - Marcos's own freedom or the survival of his city and perhaps his nation?
The stakes couldn’t be higher when Rose, Jason and their team head to the Protected Region of Minnesota to warn the FRA refugees of their impending demise. Yet, things aren’t as they seem in Minnesota. Rose's discoveries threaten to unravel the fragile life she's built in the Underground, while she and Jason fight to stay alive. What schemes have Rose and Jason plummeted into and will they survive the attempts to kill them?
As Marcos and Harriet accompany the other half of their team to the Independent Republic of Texas, will Marcos and Harriet fall into the hands of regime elements who seem to know their every step? And if they make it, will they find willing allies in the Texas leadership or is more lurking under the surface in Texas than meets the eye?
Betrayal takes on a new look, as everything the four have fought for is at stake. Will they emerge unscathed? Or are there events worse than betrayal waiting for them around the next corner?
Back from their attempts to warn Minnesota and Texas on the coming sono-nuclear Armageddon, Rose, Harriet, Marcos and Jason realize time is running out to stop Martin. Allies and spies in Martin's Palace uncover an alarming timeline and the schemes multiply as those jockeying for control of the FRA come into the open. The Underground rushes to Martinsburg to stop Martin and free their nation, but they encounter resistance on every side. More than just the regime has a vested interest in keeping the Federated Republic of America in bondage, locked behind walls, and weak.
Will the Underground emerge victorious and unite the fractured nation? The hopes of a generation rest on Rose, Harriet, Marcos and Jason.