Thirty-three years after the onslaught of an engineered plague that has shredded Earth's population, technology keeps a starving few on the eastern seaboard going, where the death rate from the virus slows only because there are few alive who it is designed to kill. Jason Kates is recruited to join the inner circle that controls what's left of civilization. A distrusted outsider, Jason's forced into a mission west to learn if there is anyone left in the heartland, if fields are tilled. He’s not expected to survive. His journey diverges from an exploration for food, to man's last chance of survival—New Order.