Captain Critias of the Marshal Service’s Virgil Ludus and his combat android Carmen are on the front lines in humanity’s struggle to survive. Critias is on the trail of the secretive watchers that he believes are the source of so many unsolved calamities. Hidden in the impenetrable reforested wilds of Earth’s ruins are ancient immortal ghouls that still retain their former human intelligence that they use to defend their world against humans that have become the unwelcome interlopers.
Mankind only endured so long because of the genius leadership of the legendary King Louie, the man who united the last holdouts of survivors in the first brutal years after the outbreak began.
When a prodigy physicist opens a portal into the past, Critias and Carmen travel back to forty months after first infection to join King Louie in the hope that they will find the answer that will let mankind reclaim the Earth from the ghouls and to ensure their future even happens at all.