It has been almost 50 years since the planet was nearly rid of humans. Wildlife grows without restraint, erasing the metal and concrete structures left behind. Even where industrialization was most prominent, trees and grassland are aggressively reclaiming their land; Earth is pulling away the scab of human civilization.
A young woman named Calypso leads a team of Scavengers beyond the walls of Brighton, the last human colony. Her goal is to find medical supplies, necessary to preserve humanity’s future. It is a dangerous journey few have the training, ability, or psychological threshold to carry out.
The team’s journey involves days of travel through infested city ruins, something even the most battle-hardened survivors are unwilling to do. Entering The Wild means facing Puppets, creatures which nearly exterminated humans and are now the predominant species. They are human bodies being controlled by an alien parasite, turning them to feral, ravenous creatures driven only to consume and replicate.
Everyone on Calypso’s team has been trained to kill these monsters from the moment they could hold a weapon. They have learned to never underestimate the alien monsters, as any mistake can bring death. But a short ways into the scavenge, the team discovers that Puppets are mutating, making them more apt predators now than ever before. Though the journey now borders on impossibility, Calypso pushes ahead, as failure by her team could mean the end of humanity.
Year 50: Trial of the Summer:
A young boy from The Slums is attacked and killed by Puppets along Brighton’s western wall. Circumstances show that many Brighton residents potentially contributed to this death. The seven Founders, operating as ruling council for the colony, conduct a hearing to determine if anyone is culpable in the death, or if it was solely the result of an alien attack.
Testimonies from various residents paint the picture of the fateful day. The Founders listen to the stories of people involved, knowing there is much at stake. Tensions have been growing within the colony over the last year, with civil war potentially on the verge. Should someone be deemed responsible for the boy’s death, it could be the catalyst Brighton has been staving off.