Rosie, Madeleine, Louisa, and Evelyn are sent to a boarding school to keep them safe during the war when they realize that CMS is apart of the alliance and they try to sell kids to their parent's for money. Rosie, Madeleine, Louisa, and Evelyn escape before it is too late.
As they are escaping they run into Drew, Alonso, and Ryan. As rain pours down on them they go into a nearby cabin and fall asleep, but are quickly awaken when they hear voices. They see a latch in the floor and go into a tunnel. They start walking before the voices find them.
After running through the tunnel for a very long time they get to the end and they are in Canada, in a camp that ships materials to CMS, and must have some relationship to CMS, Rosie and Evelyn looks around for hints of what this place is and clues to help the Renaissance beat the Alliance.
They escape the Alliance camp and get into the back of a truck, the kids jump out when it passes a small town in Wisconsin. They run to an abandoned mall, they all fall asleep, but Maddie & Drew go look for food without anyone knowing. When they wake up they freak out. They go outside to look for them and they are running back to the mall when an Alliance truck comes and grabs Maddie out of nowhere.
After Maddie is taken by the Alliance they all start talking, they tell their stories and what happened before they went to CMS they tell how they liked to be away from the war and how they wish the war never started so they could do the things that they could have before, like amusment parks and malls. They also tell about what their families were like before the war started and Rosie tells them about how what happeded to Maddie happened to her sister.
They realize that they can find Maddie and they can also find Rosie's sister Wren they just have to make sure that they are looking in the right place and they are on an adventure to find out who took them and where they are.