A teenager with no one to turn to must make a choice: save her classmates from a brutal school or defeat a sinister conspiracy to reshape the world. Hildi doesn’t have much left. Her life is a struggle against illness and to free herself from her wheelchair. The lone bright spot is her lifelong friend. So when he mysteriously disappears, she'll do anything to find him. When clues lead her to a mysterious military academy in the wilds of Alaska, Hildi signs up as a student to discover the truth. She finds a brutal training regime that pits classmates against one another for the basics of survival: food and shelter. Behind the scenes, the pupils band together, and Hildi is surprised at the unexpected bonds she develops. Bolstered by the confidence of her newfound friends, Hildi strives to overcome her physical weaknesses. But when she uncovers a sinister purpose behind their training, and a clue to her missing friend's disappearance, solving the mysteries she uncovers is no longer just personal. It could mean saving the world.