Not a child, but never a man.
Alex's family has made it clear he'll never be free to do as he please. With a city filled with Haydeans all sharing the same hatred for hybrids, they can't risk someone not recognizing him. As the bond between two nations, he must stay safe behind the palace wall, but Alex has had enough.
Having spent the last few decades in the stable courtyard practicing archery, Alex has realizing archery is for the weak. A valuable skill, and one that is pushed on the Haydeans who can't keep up. But they've never given him a chance to prove if he can keep up.
Another wall. Another prison.
And Alex is determined to escape once again, though, he will come to regret it.
(Sequel to Evolution-Read that one first)