A prequel to the best-selling Maze Order Trilogy traces the fateful period after the earth is decimated and reveals the stories behind the formation of Wicked, the construction of the Glade and Thomas' entry into the Maze. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States and it's mutating. All evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees. Yet Mark and Trina are convinced there's a way to save people from descending into madness and they're determined to find it. In this new world, every life has a price and to some, you're worth more dead than alive.