The world's gone.
Worse, so is her daughter.
Awakening in a bleak landscape, Cass Dollar vaguely recalls enduring something terrible. Having no idea how many days-or weeks-have passed, she slowly realizes the horrifying truth: Ruthie has vanished. And with her, nearly all of civilization. Instead of winding through the once-lush hills, the roads today see only cannibalistic Beaters-people turned hungry for human flesh by a government experiment gone wrong.
In a broken, barren California, Cass will undergo a harrowing quest to get Ruthie back. Few people trust an outsider-much less one who bears the tell-tale scars of a Beater attack-but she finds safety with an enigmatic outlaw, Smoke. And she'll need him more than ever when his ragged band of survivors learn that she and Ruthie have become the most feared, and desired, of weapons in a brave new world....
""Evocative, sensual, harrowing."" -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review