Thirty years ago, a deadly plague brought humanity to its knees by introducing us to our new predators: Splicers, beings who were once no different from us but now live only to eat and to infect as many people as possible. Half-human, half-animal, and all deadly. Nearly impervious to damage, freakishly strong, and blessed with advanced senses, they are almost as dangerous as those who have adapted to this new, savage world.
Karl Gearhart, who has never left his home state of Utah, is about to learn how savage this world can really be. After a chance encounter leaves him with no home and indebted to Nessa Shirokuma, a skilled archer, the two of them strike a deal: He will accompany her to New York, where a cult has kidnapped her sister. She, in turn, will help him pick a new home. But as the days turn to months, what started out as a mutually beneficial partnership develops into something stronger and deeper. All the while, they get closer and closer to the cult and see the full spectrum of humanity along the way.
Can we ever hope to go back? Or can we only go forward?