The main characters are Thomas, Newt, Minho, and Teresa. The story takes place in the scorch, a giant barren desert. This story is told in third person.
WICKED, a government organization, keeps doing strange things to the main characters, and they have to fight to survive. It is Character vs. Character conflict.
As Thomas and his friends are about to leave a building they were in, a guy that Thomas names Blondie yells "Hey" and then shoots Thomas in the shoulder. (Dialogue from page 233)
Thomas' friends carry him outside and put him on the sand. A new friend of Thomas, Jorge, yells berg. People come and take Thomas somewhere where he has surgery and is fixed. (Dialogue form page 237)
Thomas gets back with Teresa, and they meet up with his other friends and continue their journey.
At the end Thomas wakes up screaming, because a girl named Brenda is talking to him in his head. The story ends here as a cliffhanger to draw you into the next book, so there is no resolution to the problem. (Dialogue from page 354)