Adora is a young woman reveling in a fierce independence, only to find herself a prime candidate for human-looking but evil beings whose government has detestable plans for her and others like her. Genetically transformed Humiens who deceptively call themselves Guardians want to use people like Adora as test subjects to create a subservient, dependent population when their own deceptive tactics arent fail-safe. Her only protection must come from Zane, a similar being whose unnatural magnetism she can’t deny. But the Guardians have some problems of their own. As young Humiens join the ranks, the Guardians’ methods and successes are questioned. Carney, a newbie, struggles to conform and truly become one of them. Time is running out, and Zane must reveal his own identity as a Humien and must convince Adora to put herself under his protection. But she is reluctant to believe him and refuses to relinquish her freedom, even in order to save it.