In a country beset by civil war, New London defends itself behind a giant wall. Pax is a 12-year-old orphan toiling on verti-farms. He excels at recycling old tech. But when his peaceful life is taken away, Pax ends up at an elite school where future leaders are trained. There he makes new friends and enemies and gets tested like never before. He soon discovers not everything is quite what it seems under the mayor’s harsh leadership.