All Bernadette "Bernie" O'Brien, an underachieving, overweight 14-year-old, who happens to be blind, wants is an average share of happiness. Instead, her life is on a runaway roller coaster that can only plummet down. As she begins her freshman year at Desert Vista High School, Bernie yearns to win love from Jason, her sister's football-star boyfriend. Instead, child-like Nick attaches himself to Bernie like acne. Then Bernie's best friend, Leese, dumps her for more popular girls during the first week of school.
Temperance is an acolyte mage living with the survivors of the Sundering in a large, underground cave complex. She has made the choice to join a small team leaving to search for seeds and food that they can bring back to their people. What they find is a lot more terrifying. Facing the blinding, cold, and incessant storms on one side and monsters that inhabit the frozen wasteland - Temperance; her brother, Astor; the book worm, Gimlak; Esta, the scout; and Daphina, their leader - they must survive together or die alone.