During one of her best friend's attempts to distance her from her loss, an unexpected crash causes twenty-one-year-old Katherine Judd to cross paths with the citizens of the Republic, a nation that has remained hidden since the dawn of the United States centuries ago. When Katherine accidentally stumbles upon one of the former ruling families of a secret nation living in the woods, she seeks shelter in their home and soon becomes infatuated with their lifestyle. She falls right into rank in the household, occupying the empty top floor of their home. As they open up to her, she learns of the Siege that drove them out of their city and how desperate they are to get back. But she doesn't kw just how desperate some of them might be.