Seventeen-year-old Ember Anthem follows an unshakable feeling in her heart and takes her future into her own hands. In what appears to be a fortuitous twist of luck, Ember gets honored with an opportunity to rise to the highest level of society by serving in the prestigious Adiran Military. Once in Basic Training, Ember begins, slowly but surely, learning lie after lie. After meeting Santiago, son of the founder of an underground rebellion, she learns the harsh truth about the misleading tyranny she lives under. Determined to bring basic rights back to her home town, she realizes she must do the right thing the wrong way. Motivated by equal parts justice and anger, Ember must let the government believe they have her in the palms of their hands while secretly making huge strides for underground rebellion.