The year is 2084, and the world has come undone.
Six years after The War wiped out the majority of the world’s population, nineteen-year-old Nightshade has become a deadly product of the chaotic environment in which she lives. Taught from childhood to suppress all unnecessary emotions—pity, compassion, love, hatred, fear—in the name of survival, she has no trouble defending herself against the gangs that ravage her world.
But when Nightshade is befriended by fellow loner Connor, the flame of humanness is slowly reignited within her. When the duo find themselves pursued by a vengeful gang, they are left with no choice but to seek refuge in a small town and knowingly threaten the safety of its inhabitants. Forced to choose between survival and surrender, with the fate of an entire community in her hands, Nightshade must decide whether to save her own life or her newfound humanity.