Tommy and Careen’s eyes are opened to the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense’s abuses of power. After accidentally discovering that the miracle antidote that’s supposed to protect them is actually meant to control them, they take their knowledge public and join the fight to undermine the OCSD’s next bid for total control of the population.
Being a part of the Resistance brings with it a whole new set of challenges. Tommy and Careen’s differing viewpoints threaten to drive a wedge between them, and their budding relationship is tested. Not everyone working for change proves trustworthy, and plans to spark a revolution go awry with consequences far beyond anything they bargained for.
Once upon a time, Tracy Lawson was a little girl with a big imagination who wanted to write books when she grew up. Her interests in dance, theater, and other forms of make-believe led to a career in the performing arts, where “work” means she gets to do things like tap dance, choreograph musicals, and weave stories.
In the version of the United States ruled by the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense, the food supply is controlled by the government and strictly regulated. Food-centric holidays like Thanksgiving are a thing of the past.
Tommy and Careen have taken refuge at the headquarters of the Resistance, a motley group of freedom fighters working to overthrow the totalitarian regime. They trade for food on the black market to cobble together a festive meal. It's the first time Careen has felt the comfort of family--dysfunctional as it may be--she's thankful.
Careen spent the afternoon in the kitchen with Jaycee and Lara, who had reluctantly agreed to serve pork chops with her bread stuffing. As the supper hour approached, the aroma of onions and celery hung in the air, and everyone inhaled appreciatively as they gathered in the diner. Careen found comfort in the familiarity of David and Grace’s bickering, and in chatting with Jaycee and Lara as they finished preparing the meal. She felt a surge of affection for her makeshift family, and when Tommy walked in, she came out from behind the counter to greet him with a kiss and a lingering embrace.