Lena joins a growing resistance movement against Deliria-Free America, an organization that advocates that all citizens should have a surgical procedure to remove the risk of getting the disease called Deliria, the disease of Love. Lena has escaped from the gated community of Portland surgery-free but at the expense of her first love, Alex, who was killed by Regulators during their escape. As she wanders through the forests of the Wilds, she encounters a group of invalids living in the unregulated lands. She settles into her new life which is a harsher, more difficult life than the world of Portland. There is no electricity in the Wilds, and hunters and foragers gather food or sometimes get deliveries of food from people who smuggle it out of the gated communities. Lena grieves over the loss of Alex and throws herself into her assigned duties.