Having made her decision to continue on the journey, Maria follows John’s direction and steers their canoe downriver. But evils lay before them in this torn land. In a bleak homely homestead in the woods, amidst stacks of rusted up junk cars and a hodge-podge hydro-mill, Maria and John encounter a monster – one that walks on two legs. Can they survive a horror of this hopeless age?
Meanwhile, in the Republic, Lucian finds himself out of hope and alone in the sewers. All seems lost, until a man emerges from the deep, promising him a life of redemption if he only pledges fealty to God in heaven. Little does Lucian know that this wandering preacher is looking for something, too… And what they’re looking for has the power to upset the equilibrium of their fair city and usher in the ultimate battle.