Brandt Evans is floundering. Saddled with leadership of their dysfunctional group, he finds himself dealing with problems he doesn't know how to handle: Remy is grief-stricken and suicidal, Gray is distant and reclusive, and Cade is near death. And things only get worse.
When the past he's fought to keep secret from his friends catches up with him, the consequences are devastating. While he and Gray are on the hunt for supplies, a still-recovering Cade is kidnapped by a militant group of survivors. And on his return, he's told of a conspiracy involving test subjects, pathogens, and CDC doctors—a conspiracy that dances too close to the truth for comfort.
Brandt's race to save Cade takes him back to the dangerous streets of Atlanta, where not all is as it seems. And with a horde of infected closing in and the rescue mission in jeopardy, he comes tantalizingly close to a cure that might save what's left of humanity from the ravages of the Michaluk Virus.