Fight or flight?
Fight: you show you're strong, but you risk dying.
Flight: you most likely live, but risk being called weak.
But when you can't do either, what do you do? Alison and her brother Seth have a hard life. Alison has troubles at home and Seth has troubles at school. While Alison is trying to escape her counsler, Seth tries to fallow his rules. While doing that, Seth finds out about a secret society determined to take over the world. He doesn't want to join them, but he must or they will kill him. Seth starts to act weird. He doesn't act like himself. When Alison finds out about this secret society, she tries to stop them. But she finds out a little more about them then she should know...
Now, they want Alison. They want her to join them, but she doesn't want to. So what do they do? They attack. And when Alison can't fight them, she has to run and hide.
Thousands of lives are in danger. Thousands of lives lost. Few survivors. Risk has no meaning anymore when dealing with them. One message repeats in Alison's head:
"Don't be Afriad, Alison. Don't. Be. Afraid."