Rhine is captured with other girls such as Jenna and Cecily. Jenna wants to be with her sisters, Rhine wants to escape, and Cecily just wants to be married.
The girls are forcibly married to Linden Ashby, and Rhine starts planning an escape attempt to get back to her brother, Rowan.
Housemaster Vaughan is scientist who is working towards a cure for the shortened lives of humanity, and when Linden's first wife died he used her body for experiments. Rhine plans to escape when the weather is bad, while everyone is in the shelter.