In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her nomadic tribe live off the detritus of a crumbled civilization. Theirs is a world of children; before reaching the age of twenty, they all die of a strange disease they call Posies--a plague that has killed for generations. There is no medicine, no treatment; only the mysterious rumor of a cure.
Yet she travels hundreds of miles across treacherous, unfamiliar territory when she finds out her brother has the disease, where she will experience love, heartbreak, cruelty, terror, and betrayal. This is a one-of-a-kind coming-of-age novel, yet also a unique piece of science fiction.