The country once known as the United States of America has descended into a second civil war. Emerging from the devastation is a rouge nation called Heartland - a totalitarian theocracy under the rule of a maniacal, self-proclaimed prophet known simply as Father and his lethal military. Plucked from the ashes of a war-torn America is a half -Native/half black fourteen-year-old named Roger Bretagne. After losing hos family to Heartland's devastating blitzkrieg. Roger is rounded up and matriculated into this stark, repressed and dangerous new world. His new parents are powerful predators, the quiet country town he lives in is an oppressive hamlet gripped by fear and his local school - under the control of the beastly schoolmaster Isaac - emphasizes brutal indoctrination. Somehow, sanity must prevail. In cautiously navigating the rocky road of this toxic milieu, Roger finds love, allies and a burgeoning resistance movement hellbent on destroying Heartland and building a glorious future. Whatever that entails.