Three kids from different background stories, Connor, Risa, and Lev, come together after a sequence of events that force them to be together. They are all being unwound; basically being killed and cut up for parts. Now, these three kids are on the run for freedom until they reach the age of 18. However, Lev is a tithe, he believes being unwound is his destiny.
After scamming new clothes out of people in a local neighborhood, a school bus approaches to its stop. As that happens, a cop car pulls up and Lev stares straight at it hoping it'll notice him. A baby cries, triggering a memory Connor had of a storked baby that died, so he went to the baby. Caught, the house owner came out and Risa took the blame. With the police officer watching, the kids had o choice but to get on the bus.
After arriving at the high school, the kids hide in the bathroom stalls until Lev escapes and tells the people at the front desk that there are unwinds in the school. Lev calls his pastor, and the pastor tells him that he needs to run. Now realizing what happened, Connor and Risa exit the bathroom, pull the fire alarm and make a run for it. After everyone is outside, Lev gets pummeled by the students. After realizing that he should be running, Risa and Connor are already gone.
When Connor and Risa pulled the fire alarm, they enter a classroom. As the baby starts to cry, a teacher finds them and sends them to a safe house for unwinds. There, they meet more unwinds, more importantly, Roland; the military buff with a superiority complex and a hate towards Connor. They then embark on a journey with many more safe houses to come.
Lev finds himself a partner in crime with the name of Cy-fi. Cy-fi is part unwind, with that unwind having a tendency to steal. Cy-fi and Lev take a journey to the unwind's hometown where Cy-Fi then steals an ornament. Cy-fi has an instinct to find all the stuff the part of him stole and he finds the boy's parents. After taking a valuable diamond necklace, Lev takes off before the police catch him. After scamming a pawn shop owner, Lev leaves with cash that will last him for weeks.
The graveyard, the safe haven for unwinds. Everyone seems to find themselves at this place run by the general; a man dedicated to protecting unwinds through this system until their 18 years old. Roland is suspicious of the general's intentions while Connor trusts him completely. Though the general's intentions aren't' to protect unwinds, it's to find the unwound pieces of his son.