Deeta Richards has never seen the outside world. Before she was born, a banking crisis brought civilization to an end and now no one leaves the safety of the compounds unless they need to. But Deeta still dreams of seeing more than the building she was born in.
Tom is in the guard, the only group the tribal elders allow to leave the compound, and Tom knows only too well that Deeta could never survive the harshness that exists outside. Then tragedy strikes and Deeta and her Sister Jan find themselves captured by a hostile tribe. Why does Tom know so much about these people? And why do they know so much about him? As this mystery draws to a climax, they discover that their friend Tom is not quite what he seems . . .