In a future dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue. On an appointed day of the year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice Prior, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is. She cannot have both.
So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. There is also a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because it can mean death. As unrest and growing conflict threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, it seems that this secret may be the key to saving those she loves…or it may destroy her.