I am Aislyn. These are the sad facts of my world.
Any child born in the Republic who is unscheduled or imperfect is labeled an Unnecessary and is targeted as an enemy of the state. Any pregnant woman harboring an Unnecessary is guilty of treason.
Their only hope is to be rescued by a Protector, one of 26 girls trained to infiltrate the Republic and lead them safely to the Territory. These girls are chosen because they are smart, strong, and heroic. They train for years, studying medicine, technology, physical agility, and espionage.
They never choose girls like me. Except... they did.
I am a threat and a risk because I don't comply with the rules and expectations.
I am a target because the Republic kills any Protector who crosses the border.
I think my trainer has a secret.
I am the 27th Protector of the 188th Generation, and I'm terrified I will fail.