Nathan Hale is dead. The Chimera have won. America is dying. The country is pocketed with smoking craters, like the one in the head of Joseph Capelli’s former lieutenant. Mercy made him end Hale’s life, an easy way to stop the Chimeran virus from consuming the war hero. Unlike Hale, Capelli couldn’t purge the six-eyed evil from Earth with a single bullet, or a thousand. That futility is why he defected from the military, hung up his gatling gun, and tried to start a family in hiding. But the scant surviving humans on the planet are being frozen and scraped from Earth’s surface like warts. With his family threatened by the encroaching parasites, Joe Capelli embarks on the trip of his life.