Rowena’s country is gone, squashed under a tide of tanks, bombs and Pale, immortal soldiers. Rowena herself refuses to accept defeat. She trades contraband, plays dirty, and even robs her fellow students, but when her father returns from war a hero, she discovers a new temptation and a new meaning of fear. Join and Die. Become one of the oppressors, join the empire and live a life of luxury and ease but only if she accepts ‘The Gift’ and becomes a ‘Pale’, in other words, a vampire.