Connor is a known troublemaker. His parents have tried to discipline him, but nothing has worked. So they have signed him over to the government. He is now an Unwind.
Set in a futuristic America where it is legal to take the body parts of others and distribute them to those in need, this novel explores a variety of issues, including abortion, organ donation and harvesting, life after death, and terrorism. Once Connor has realized what will become of him, he runs away in order to get a chance at survival. He meets up with two other unwinds, one of which is a tithe, a child being offered as a sacrifice. After several suspenseful events, the three teens end up in a desert commune of other unwinds. The group has it's own social structure and leader. Connor has suspicions about him....is he selling the unwinds? What will happen if he doesn't fit in?
Told from different points of view, the story is difficult to connect with in the beginning. For readers with the patience to make it through a few chapters, it does become very exciting and they will want to see how the novel ends and if the three main characters meet their demise.