Three hundred years in the future, mankind still is trying to survive the Great Collision that changed the earth forever. People live in pockets of civilization called compounds, battling the elements and the mutations which have developed over the centuries, trying to live and survive day by day.
Yulen D'Jacques is the Battle Lord of Alta Novis. His duty is to keep his compound and his people safe, which means yearly sweeps of the area to remove any mutated men and animals from encroaching.
Atrilan Ferran is Mutah, a mutant warrior and huntress trained to protect and defend her home from Cleaners, the “normals” who invade the forests to slaughter everything and everyone who gets in their way.
They never anticipated the day when their hearts would collide, challenging and changing everything they thought was the truth. Leading them to the day they would have to prove their love for each other to man and mutant alike.
Yulen sees this as the perfect opportunity to show the citizens of Atty's home compound the power and status his wife wields. But first he, Atty, and his soldiers have to risk the journey against the oncoming horde of blood-thirsty crazies to get there.Atty is eager to return to Wallis, but one small detail stands in the way of her and Yulen's happiness. He desires an heir, and she is terrified at the thought of becoming pregnant. Worse, the dangerous trek has increased his ardor, and she is running out of excuses why they can't make love.
Representatives from Wallis and West Crestin are expected to attend, as well as the Battle Lords from other neighboring compounds. Word has spread for miles, attracting well-wishers and the curious to make the journey to join in the festivities.
News of the couple has also reached the ears of the Battle Lord of Alta Seran. And for the first time in his life, he is determined to win back what is rightfully his by birth. What's more, he will see to it that the treaties forged with the Mutah compounds are destroyed forever.
Before the week is over, Rafe D'Jacques will become the new Battle Lord of Alta Novis, even if he has to kill his half-brother to own it. And Atty... Well, everyone knows that the only good Mutah is a dead Mutah.
That was, until Fortune returned without Atty.
Worried and frightened, the Battle Lord, along with a handful of volunteers, go in search of the Battle Lady. They pray they'll find her alive. Either way, they are determined not to return to the compound without knowing the truth.
What they discover will change their world forever.
What follows is a harrowing experience of deceit and revenge served cold. And it soon becomes clear to Yulen and Atty that they will not survive this treachery.
A nerdy, middle-class farm boy, Randy doesn’t really have a lot to offer Cricket, but he can’t let graduation pass without letting her know his true feelings. Can Randy get up the courage to reveal his secret and tell her how he truly feels? Does she feel the same, or will he always be stuck in the friendzone?
A senior class trip to the water park could be the hardest test of all for them both.