Life is different after the war; populations have declined, cities have fallen, and there’s a whole archipelago where New England used to be. Ben’s never been as far as the islands. He’s never even seen a ruin of a city. Life for Ben is all about the farm he and his mother run, and he has no desire to leave . . . even if it means he’ll be alone for the rest of his life. When Thom Thorrson arrives, road-weary and just in time to help with harvest, Ben has no idea how much better his life is about become.