Deuce’s whole world has changed since readers first met her in Enclave. Now living topside in a community called Salvation, she has a new set of problems. Down below, she was considered an adult and she contributed to the enclave. Now above ground, she’s viewed as a brat in need of training by the people of Salvation. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: She hates cooking, sewing, and school. Deuce only knows how to fight.
To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.
Deuce pursues a chance to serve in the summer patrols—those responsible for making sure the growers and planters can work the fields without danger of Freak attack. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below the ground. The Freaks are smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it make take a girl like Deuce to turn the tide.