So, this is my first attempt at a synopsis. Feel free to chop away! I promise I will return the favor- but it may take me a few days. Thanks!
Ten years ago, unknown ‘Others’ attacked Earth without warning. After three days of war, they left behind a devastated and broken world as they vanished once again into the skies. Questions loomed of who they really were, where they came from and if they’d ever be back.
Now, PIPER SULLIVAN, a naïve but hardworking girl, lives with her little brother and father in a small town in Georgia. She spends her days hunting, farming and scavenging to help rebuild her town and get life back to the way it once was. She spends her weekends either with her friends at the lake or taking her dad’s old plane to The Market to trade goods.
On the morning of Piper’s seventeenth birthday, the military shows up unannounced at her school and drafts everyone seventeen and older. Piper and her friends are called to serve in what’s left of the military, despite resistance from the town.
Piper worries about leaving her family behind as her father’s health seems to be rapidly declining, but she pushes her feelings aside in hopes to make enough money from the military to send some home.
Once in basic training, Piper meets several instructors. TARGEN, one of her main instructors, is hostile and threatening. But she falls rapidly for JAKE, another instructor. Then, she hears about the Resistance, an underground group whose members claim the government is controlling its citizens.
Piper and her friends prepare to fight against these rebels as they get close to graduating from basic training. Meanwhile, Targen grows physically abusive, but with a candidate’s word against an instructors’, the base’s general won’t move Targen to another base.
Just a week before finishing, Targen challenges Piper to a fight. Even at twice her size, she refuses to back down and ends up in the infirmary. Jake nurses her back to health as their feelings grow stronger for each other.
Piper and her friends finally graduate from basic and Piper earns one on of the top spots as a pilot. Jake and some other instructors take the group out to a party to celebrate. Jake reveals the he is actually a spy for the Resistance. The very group that Piper was preparing to fight against. He also tells her that her own father is one of the founding members and that they are preparing to fight against the government. The government is actually controlled by the Others, who never left and hides among the citizens. Targen is one of the Others as well. Piper and her friends chose to join the Resistance and hide as spies in the military.
When one of the instructors goes missing, Piper and one of her friends find the instructor and Targen in an abandoned home on base. Targen has already killed the instructor and threatens Piper’s life for the names of all the spies. Her friend gives him what he wants but Piper attacks him. During the fight, her friend is killed but Piper kills Targen in the end. Jake and another instructor rush in and tell everyone they will need to run, as they are no longer safe there. As they attempt to escape base, the General comes after them. Piper and her friends steal the airplane they were training on to get away from base as they are out-numbered.
In a daring escape, Piper flies her friends away from the base. She heads towards home in hopes to get answers from her father.
Though Piper and her friends mourn the loss of their friends, they head toward safety to hide underground and help build the Resistance. With them, she will continue to fight for her freedom from the Other's control.