On a highway, Risa, Connor, and Lev all meet. Connor runs across the highway to evade the juvey cops, which starts the accident. This causes a bus Risa is going to a harvest camp on to swerve into a ditch. Also, the car Lev is in on his way to be unwound crashes. They formally meet each other in the woods while running from the cops.
When the three find a town, they make their way to a school. They spend a few class periods in the bathroom, until Lev leaves and pulls a fire alarm. A teacher helps Connor and Risa By giving them the location to an Underground Railroad for unwinds.
Connor is about to be unwound, until a few "clappers" (suicide bombers) Lev is teamed up with, decide to detonate themselves. Lev decides at the last minute that he needs to save his friends before causing too much damage. This leaves Connor with a missing eye and crushed arm and Risa severely injured.
After the explosion, Connor finds himself with the arm and eye of Roland, his enemy from the Underground Railroad of unwinds. Risa is paralyzed, so she cannot be unwound. The law prohibits the unwinding of a disabled person. The two find that they may have a chance in a relationship.
Th Admiral threw a party for his son, Harlan, who he had unknowingly had unwound. At the party, everyone who received a part of Harlan was invited, making him "whole" again. Additionally, Connor and Risa returned to the Graveyard. Connor became the new Admiral of the graveyard.