After terrorist attacks reshaped the world in which she lived, an orphaned Julianna Brenner was taken to live in the Scholars Compound. When Guardian Costma, the leader of the New Regime, summons her to assign a new project, Julianna has serious objections to the nature of the project. She devises a plan to get out of the Scholars Compound and live a life of her own making. Will she be able to find freedom she seeks? Or will the truths she learns be too much to handle?