Mary and her friends have always lived in a small village, behind high wire fencing, to keep the Unconsecrated (read Zombies) out. She’s obligated to marry and produce children under the strict guidance of the Sisterhood and their enforcers, the Guardians, in order to keep their small remnant of humanity viable. But one day the unthinkable and terrifying happens–the Unconsecrated break through the barrier fence and Mary, her best friend Cass, and their betrothed boyfriends flee down an unused path into the world beyond … a world they’ve been told holds nothing but an unending forest of zombies who would tear them apart. But is that really all there is? Mary has always dreamed of other places spoken of by her mother, before her mother was bitten by and turned into one of the Unconsecrated.