Henry Pierce enters a world of escorts, websites, sex, and secret passions when he investigates the messages left on his new telephone "Where is Lilly? This is her number. It's on the site." He leaves behind his company, the fund-raising "chasing the dime" and a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he has never met. In the process he becomes the victim of astonishing violence, the chief suspect in a murder case, and fighting for his life against forces he can barely discern.
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives.