Carmen Louis turned sixteen this year and today marks the beginning of the rest of her life. Her occupation, residence, and life partner are all designated by an efficient government. But even a seemingly perfect system can make grave mistakes and harbor danger for those it promises to protect. It is up to Carmen and her designated Life Partner to make it through the trials of a dangerous ordeal and a relationship in a world where you can trust no one. "How could I, a single person, save the population from the people who swore to protect them. The people they trust most? The truth is... I don't know." "So for now, I do the one thing I can do: nothing. In the morning I will wake up and face the challenge of a lifetime, or in my case the challenge that could cost many lifetimes."