Like Alaya, most teenagers struggle with identity and assimilation. Alaya struggles not only with typical teenage issues, but also
with the heartache of killing her mother and
possibly causing several other deaths in her neighborhood, even her own. Alaya is a walking miracle. After she dies from cardiac arrest during a highly important track meet, she is recessitated, goes into a coma and placed on life support. Alaya somehow recovers from life support just before her father lamentingly pulled the plug. Her mother however, was not so fortunate.
Filled with guilt and grief, Alaya has a difficult time coping despite her best friend’s efforts. With her arrival back at school comes strange occurrences. Alaya has been drawn to Octavius for a while, beyond words that have never been spoken but etched in long stares of understanding. However, after her recovery she is more drawn to him than ever despite already having a crush on her teammate. Meanwhile, Alaya's friend and track opponent has gone missing, Alaya can't stay awake in class, her running speed has increased, she has extreme hunger pangs and black-outs, people are murdered, and her father has to kill her for existing. Equinox, Florida is no longer the wholesome place she grew up in. Everything and everyone is changing around her, even Alaya. Maybe Alaya was better left dead.