Jeremiah wants to choose his path, but in New Andover, gender decides every role. Survivalist compounds dot the landscape of an Earth ravaged by nuclear winter. New Andover thrives on threats and conditioning, until the stranger from the stars arrives. Jeremiah wants to be an enforcer, like the other boys. Except, he is assigned the role of archiver. The arrival of the star-bound stranger forces him to reexamine everything he thought he knew...Naltag is a commissioned explorer, and finds signs of life on a once barren planet known as Earth. Although Naltag tries to remain impartial, Jeremiah is soon in need of rescuing, if only to save his little sister from a slave-like existence in the compound.