Fiona doesn't remember going to sleep. But when she opens her eyes, she discovers her entire world has been altered-her house is abandoned and broken, and the entire neighborhood is barren and dead. Even stranger is the tattoo on her right wrist-a black oval with five marks on either side-that she doesn't remember getting but somehow knows she must cover at any cost. And she's right. When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. Only the solution was deadlier than the original problem-the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts who were branded as a warning to un-vaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected from disease and beasts inside a fortress-like wall. But Fiona has awakened branded, alone-and on the wrong side of the wall . . .
What would happen if bees were on the verge of extinction? Would the government and scientists step in to intervene? What if things went too far and the problem became worse? When Fiona wakes up in a world once familiar, but at the same time very different and no memory of time gone by, the only thing she can recall is to cover up the strange tattoo on her hand and run in order to survive. Can she figure it all out before it is too late?