It all began with something they were calling a rare form of flu.
The effect on the humans was lethal. It had all of the common symptoms, except the high mortality rate. Day by day more and more people were dying. It soon became known as the T-TL (Total) virus because failure to contain it would result in complete destruction of the human race. People were told to stay in their homes. Food and water would be rationed and delivered every three days. Three days quickly became four, five, a week, two weeks. The lack of nutrition made everyone weaker and quicker to perish from the deadly virus. It seemed as though only the strongest could last, or those who were lucky.
Elizabeth and her family holed up in their home. Her father, David, handled the supply runs when necessary. Elizabeth stayed with her mother, Janelle, and together, they guarded the house against anyone or anything that might try to enter. They kept the lights out and drew the curtains, especially at night. Thanks to some advice from an old friend, Elizabeth’s parents were able to fight the disease long after the rest of their town had succumbed. But, eventually, it got the best of them.
The effect on the animals was, in a way, worse. Worse for the surviving people, anyway. The animals didn’t die. They just…changed. Mutated. They turned rabid and blood-hungry. They seek people out by looking, listening, smelling… And at night, they were nearly impossible to fight off.
In the wake of so much death and decay, Elizabeth's family clings to hope that their old friend might be the key to survival. On Janelle's death bed, she tells Elizabeth to "Find him."
With dwindling supplies and an apparent resistance to the illness, Elizabeth sets out in search of her best chance at living to see another day, and her purpose in this new world order. She will travel miles, between cities and states, through forests and over mountains. She will make many new discoveries, both wonderful and dangerous.