Thirty-three years after an engineered plague shredded Earth's population, technology barely sustains a starving few on the eastern seaboard. After returning from a mission to the heartland, Jason Kates ignited a revolution that turned the CDC from a ruling order back to a scientific organization. Now, Jason leads a team of pioneers west to feed what remains of civilization. The convoy must cross lawless lands, avoid scavenging bands, and negotiate passage with desperate clans. But he and the tiny Chloe will be propelled into a larger scheme.