After soldiers storm the Bulrush compound, Everly Jax spends four months in prison, uncertain of her friends' fates and determined to figure out who betrayed Bulrush. When she goes on trial for murder, her only hope is a mysterious lawyer who may not have her best interests at heart.
After the stunning verdict, she's convinced she has been betrayed again. A daring rescue brings her to a Defiance cell where she is overjoyed to find some of her friends alive. She's caught up in rebel operations until the locusts display a horrendous new adaptation. Realizing she's more valuable to Amerada in a lab than with the Defiance, Everly returns to Atlanta under a new identity to become part of the locust eradication effort . . . and spy for the Defiance. On her own in Atlanta, she confronts an enemy from her past, makes a heart-rending discovery, and learns her parents' identities--which divides her loyalties still further.