Sera, like hundreds of victims of the Polio-Variant IV virus, has been transferred to Haven Base, where the Elysians, a race of humans from a distant planet, labor to save Earth’s population. The only problem is that Sera’s boyfriend Dex thinks she’s dead and is making choices that will leave him ineligible for transfer if he contracts the virus. In an effort to save his soul, Sera defies the strict rules of her rescuers and takes over the consciousness of Elspeth, a young woman dying of Polio-Variant IV and scheduled for immediate extraction. Sera is allowed one week to work a change in Dex’s heart.
Except Dex Porter has no intention of changing anything. When Sera “died,” so did his belief in the possibility of them being together again. He blocks every effort Sera—in Elspeth’s body—makes to change his path. When Elspeth’s body begins to deteriorate quicker than before, Sera and the Elysians are forced to make a choice about the greater good: Elspeth’s body or Dex’s soul.