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Thalli has fifteen minutes andtwenty-three seconds to live. The toxic gas that will complete herannihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid. Decadesbefore Thalli's birth, the world was decimated by a nuclear war. But lifecontinued deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. There they created genetically engineered human beings who are free of emotionsin the hope that war won't threaten the world again. Thalliis an anomaly, born with the ability to feel emotions and a sense of curiosityshe can barely contain. She has survived so far by hiding her differences. Butthen her secret is discovered when she's overwhelmed by the emotion of an ancientpiece of music. TheTen quickly schedule her annihilation, but her childhood friend, Berk - ascientist being groomed by The Ten - convinces them to postpone her death andstudy her instead. While in the Scientists' Pod, Thalli and Berk form a dangerousalliance, one strictly forbidden by the constant surveillance. Asher life ticks a way, she hears rumors of someone called the Designer - someoneeven more powerful than The Ten. What's more, the parts of her that have alwaysbeen an anomaly could in fact be part of a much larger plan. And the parts ofher that she has always guarded could be the answer she's been looking for allalong. Thalli must sort out what tobelieve and who to trust, before her time runs out.