In a world where life and death are pre-ordained, two lovers cheat the system.
The Ministry has controlled mortality for as long as anyone can remember. Strict laws are enforced by the automatons – an untouchable governing class of mute androids. Their benevolence is beyond question, as are their methods, and their origins. Yet beneath the civil harmony lies a world of suffering.
Two citizens are about to cross into adulthood by selecting their death letters. On an unknown future date those same letters will be mailed to them, ordering their immediate termination. Disobedience is brutally punished, and no one has dared defy the Ministry in generations.
Two lives, two terrible secrets, one all-powerful enemy.