People drop dead at the dinner table. Pilots collapse mid-flight and planes fall suddenly out of the sky. In sixteen days, the human race is all but extinct. On a newly silent continent, where the cities stand empty but the shelves are still stocked, a sixteen year old girl comes of age. Led by cloudy telepathic communications, Astraea pushes her half-brother Matthew to undertake a five thousand mile journey to Nova Scotia, Canada, in hopes of rescuing her eight-year old brother.