When her parents died in a global pandemic, seventeen-year-old Cassie Thompson thought her biggest problem was finding her next meal. But “Telo” is a virally-transmitted genetic disease that targets adults, and no one is immune. Surviving to adulthood isn’t looking very good as her city succumbs to food shortages, sanitation problems, and gang violence. When Cassie accepts an invitation to join a group of young people living in a luxury hotel, she thinks her most immediate troubles are over. Her new tribe appears committed to alliance-building, order, and civility. She soon finds, however, that her new friends have dark secrets and the boy she is falling in love with might be the most dangerous of them all.|
And now there is a new gang on the scene, kidnapping the youngest children for mysterious purposes. Some of the kidnappers look like grownups, and Cassie’s tribe is determined to find out who they are. If there are adults still alive, then there must also be a cure for the Telo. But another tribe is equally determined to get the cure and they don’t mind using intimidation and murder to achieve their ends. Cassie has a lot to figure out and not much time because she and all the other kids are infected with Telo and unless they find the cure, any day could be their last.