Climate change has evolved the western half of North America into a feudal version of the Wild West. Every life is dependent on the water owned by the few, and the sentence for an unauthorized pregnancy is to wander the desert until dead.

Despite this punishment, 16-year-old ranch hand, Aldin, promised his wife, Claire, he would stand by her and see her to safety. Four months after being forced off their ranch, Claire delivers DJ in cave with an eighty foot monument to generational responsibility.

Supplies at the monument save their lives. With winter on the way, the couple must leave their sanctuary to find another ranch that will accept them. To keep his promise, Aldin must do battle with baby-stealing coy-wolves, wife-stealing fundamentalists, soul-stealing parents … and thirst—the predatory thirst that perpetually prowls this arid land.