Bray and Yarrow escaped with their lives, believing that Quade Asher and his Elevated planned to start a war. Soon they will learn the truth: Quade need not fight a single battle; he has already won.
With his ability to charm and persuade, Quade holds the entire nation enthralled. Those who resist are labeled defectors and are widely hunted. For these outlaws, no place is safe; no one can be trusted. The Elevated have eyes everywhere.
Desperate to counter Quade’s control, the group who could barely coexist must now rely solely upon each other. Ko-Jin strives to protect those most in danger, Bray seeks weaknesses, and Yarrow discovers long-lost knowledge of the Chisanta; but when Quade threatens to commit his worst atrocity yet, they all must come out of hiding to defy their enemy face-to-face.