Seventeen-year-old Forest Tracey and his best friend Karina are going to be left behind when the last transport to the space colony leaves, and while the economists predict governmental collapse and low crop yield, for the teenagers in Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky, the only thing they care about is hooking up, popping those cherries, and gettin' them some.
Everyone's calling it the "end of the world", but Forest doesn't really believe it until a night at a carnival ends with a brutal murder. Along with two cute boys from the carnival, Forest and Karina experience loss, hope, and friendship as they seek the tickets that will take them into space and away from the hell left behind.
There's only one problem. The only way to get those tickets is to win them by playing dangerous games of chance in their city's underworld, a web of abandoned neighborhoods that even the cops know better than to venture into. And here's the thing that Forest refuses to tell anyone: in a world where everyone has died at least once and been brought back to life with Revival technology, these games of chance could kill him.
And unlike his three friends, he won't be Revived.