Benny Imura lives in a post-apocalyptic, zombie infested world. First Night took places when he was just a toddler and memories of it haunt him. His brother, Tom is a famous and well respected Zombie hunter but to Benny he is coward and wants to be nothing like his brother.
Benny is 15 years old and that means he is required to find a job or his rations will be cut in half. He tries out different trades and isn't successful at them. His only and dreaded choice is to join the family business and become Tom's apprentice.
This take him on a journey, in which he learns the truth about his past. He also learns that the people he idolized aren't all the great and his brother, Tom is someone to look up to.
The characters are well developed and some are quite frightening. Maberry sets up a interesting storyline full of twists and turns.