The Eastern Empire owns the west coast of the US two hundred years in the future. What's left of the country is divided by social class. Madeline is heir to the most respected of the rich families, a bookish shy girl. This is where it gets hard to get into the book a bit, because it's frustrating how much she procrastinates. At the same time, her shyness is well written. Lots of cliche relationship types, but the last third of the book is pretty good (where everything is wrapped up of course).