It’s the near future and the United States has fought a second civil war. This time it was between members of the pro-choice and pro-life movements. They ended it with a compromise. Abortion of fetuses is illegal, but children between the age of 13 and 18 can be “unwound.” You, should your parents or the state decide, because you are out of control or no longer useful, could be sent to a facility and have all of your organs removed and transplanted to a donor who needs replacement organs. You are not technically murdered because you will live on in other people.
Conner is a troubled, rebellious boy whose parents have given up on him. Risa is a ward of the state. She is a talented pianist who is apparently not talented enough to make it past adolescence. And Lev is a tithe, a boy who has grown up knowing that his family’s obligation to God is not money to support a church, but instead the sacrifice of his life.
All three are about to be unwound.