Hallie is missing - and so are thousands of others. Everywhere people are singing - climbing to the rooftops, to the bridges, to lamp post and road sign, steeple and water tower, singing gloriously, triumphantly, tirelessly - and dying. Hallie's mother, Dale, goes to Manhattan to search for her. She drives in from rural New Jersey, passing abandoned cars and trucks, to make her way to the jammed George Washington Bridge, rejoicing with hymns and gospel and rock and opera. The plague moves swiftly, and the city's survivors form new communities.