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On the night EVE and ARRO’s lives collide, hope reemerges. Arro is a Red Sun, a rebel group on the earth’s surface whose mission is to infiltrate the Underground. The Underground is a paradise below the Earth’s surface where only the best and brightest are allowed to live. However, the Red Sun's mission is far from completion. The surface world is no longer safe for humans. All natural resources have been used up, the air is unbreathable, and the Red Suns can only survive if they serve the Underground.
Eve has escaped from a 15-year imprisonment in the Underground. She had been experimented on by the Underground’s leader, IAM, for reasons unknown to her. Those experiments left her with the ability to control earth, wind, and fire. Although ready to help those left on the surface, she is haunted by her escape. Eve had been forced to battle another experiment like her, but seeing it as her only chance for escape, she fought her way to the surface and left devastation behind her. Arro brings Eve back to the Red Suns headquarters, where the COMMANDER and his friend/leader, CHRIS see her as the opportunity they’ve been waiting for.
Eve isn't used to kindness or holding back her emotions. When Arro takes her under his wing, she makes it clear that she believes he is her soulmate. Although Arro feels something for Eve, who is the only person who looks at him like he is worth something, he finds her abruptness overwhelming.
As she becomes accustomed to life with the Red Suns, Eve’s new perspective on the issues that face the surface world causes Arro to rethink truths he's held his whole life. When a question about the Red Sun’s use of oxygen tanks leads Arro outside, he discovers the air has become breathable. This revelation makes the commander ready to start preparations for the Red Sun’s attack on the Underground. They go to seek allies in nearby rebel groups, only to find that their allies never actually existed. They are just another lie invented by the Underground.
The news rattles the commander, who is found dead the next morning. Her death is ruled a suicide. Chris takes charge immediately, which makes Eve suspect foul play in the commander’s death. This leads Arro to share Chris’ tragic past and how reaching his wife, who was taken into the Underground several years earlier, was the only thing that gave his life meaning. Arro asks Eve what gave her life meaning during her time in the Underground. She replies that she wanted to pay forward the love she received from strangers throughout her childhood on the surface.
The conversation makes Arro realize his feelings for Eve, but he can't think of a right time to tell her. Plans to infiltrate the Underground accelerate and before anyone has enough time to prepare, the Red Suns make their way through the sewers to the entrance of the Underground… But not before battling several of the Underground’s defenses. When Arro sees what Eve could do with her powers, he realizes she will never need his protection, but he can be the one who keeps her human.
When they finally make it to the Underground, Arro confesses his love to Eve before the threat of hallucinogenic gas causes her to be separated from him and Chris. Eve deals with the loss of her soulmate while searching for the entrance to the Underground’s controls through an Underground room full of mountains and streams. Arro and Chris search for the same thing through a room of dense jungle. It doesn't take long for Chris to abandon Arro to continue on by himself.
While wandering, Arro meets a family who also wants to rebel against the Underground and they help him get on the right path to the controls. He is reunited with Chris in the process, who then forces him to take a detour to the Underground’s Records Room. There, Chris finds out that through the chaos she produced to escape the Underground the first time, Eve had killed his wife.
Meanwhile, Eve has been cornered by the enemy and knocked unconscious. When she comes to, she is alone with IAM. He tells her why he set up the ruse of the other rebel groups and the air quality; it was to keep the only survivors not only safe but also motivated to live. He explained to her that she was not created for evil, but to restore balance to the natural world before the Underground reached its approaching extinction.
She agrees to work with him, but before they have the chance to convince the remaining Red Suns, Chris appears and kills IAM. Chris almost turns the crowd against Eve by telling them what she did when Arro appears with the commander's record. He had found that the commander had been killed by Chris. Chris, however, spins it around, saying he had to kill the commander because Eve had left her as good as dead.
Eve and Arro barely escape with their lives. They find a room to hide in, and Eve is shocked to discover the experiment she faced in the Underground battle being kept alive by machines. She wants to destroy the experiment herself, and she nearly succeeds when Chris finds her. Eve escapes narrowly, promising Chris he’ll have his chance to kill her, but she has to fulfill her purpose first. Eve meets up with Arro in the jungle room, worried about what she left behind but ready to use her gifts for their intended purpose.