Ten years ago, Briar's body rejected a government-mandated vaccine known as SAP (Serum to Advance Progressivism), formulated to erase God from the mind. Briar was seven years old. She's been on house arrest ever since.
Now, just weeks from becoming a legal adult, Briar remains nonresponsive to her mandatory SAP injections. Along with her rapidly approaching 18th birthday looms a grim reality: by order of the Commandment, adulthood means institutionalization for those resistant to SAP.
In a matter of days, Briar will become a permanent resident of the ARC - a facility shrouded in dark rumors of torture, experimentation, and death. Her only alternative is to accept a last minute ultimatum to become a laboratory test subject for a new God-dissolving serum.
With a decade of solitude behind her and a lifetime of confinement before her, what does she have to lose? Except maybe her soul.