The United States has left the UN and have built a wall around it's perimeter. No one gets in and no one gets out. There are new rules and new laws, the government called the Nation, no longer United.Within these walls are three large prisons. Criminals are granted no leniency. You are no longer innocent until proven guilty. Lady Justice no longer exists, nor do lawyers or judges. Thieving? Twenty years. Murder? Your in for life. If you are born in prison, you stay in prison until you earn your release at eighteen.
Millicent 'Millie' is a jail baby. She has grown up within the walls of the prison, in a cement cell block shared with her silent father and her crazy mom. She doesn't know what it's like to be free. Her eighteen birthday is quickly approaching though and she isn't sure if she should be excited or scared. She doesn't want to leave her parents but she wants to experience life outside the walls. But when her parents admit to her that they have no regrets about the men they killed, Millie leaves without looking back.
Outside the walls, she is put to work at an apple orchard. There, she meets Reed and Eddie. With them, she finds friendship, something she has never had before. Reed makes her feel something she has never felt before and it scares and titillates her. But when she begins to question the rules of the Nation outside of the prison and goes looking for answers, she begins to question everything she has been taught to believe in, including herself.