I consider this story the Judgement of Solomon gone wrong. This story takes place in the future, when pro-choicers and pro-lifers engage in a second civil war over abortion. When US Armed Forces present a “solution” for consideration, they think it will bring everyone to their senses. The last thing they expect is for people to agree with their solution, but that is exactly what happens. In exchange for a ban on abortion, they introduce a process called “unwinding” — in which all parts of the body are harvested and used, and therefore kept alive. No more unborn babies will die, and people won’t have to worry about dying while they are on a waiting list for an organ transplant. Everybody wins… Except the poor 13- to17-year-olds whose parents/guardians are signing the orders for retroactive abortions, that is.
Connor, Risa, and Lev are all “unwinds” who end up AWOL on their way to harvest camp. Connor was a troubled teen whose parents were sick of dealing with him, Theresa was a ward of the state who was sent to be unwound as a result of budget cuts, and Lev was actually a “tithe.” [His parents are so religious that they pledged 1/10 of their children as an offering to God.] Even though these three “unwinds” don’t know each other, they will have to learn to trust each other and work together if they are going to avoid the “Juvey-cops” and keep from being unwound.