The green bombs of World War III created air that was too heavy to breathe, air that crushes your lungs in a moment. Twelve year old Hope lives in a small community sheltered inside the crater from one of these bombs, protected from trespassers by a lingering ring of the compressed air released by the green bombs. The Bomb’s Breath, as the townspeople call it, instantly kills anyone who wanders into it… but it’s also the only thing that makes Hope feel special.
She’s one of the only kids daring enough to climb through the Breath and then sky jump from above, holding her breath while the heavy air cushions her fall. It’s deadly, and her parents would kill her if they knew. Everyone else in town has skills that allow them to excel at the one thing people cherish – the ability to invent things, with every invention bringing them closer to the way of life before the green bombs.
But Hope’s inventions always fail, and her recklessness isn’t appreciated by anyone. Until one day, bandits discover that the people of White Rock have figured out how to make antibiotics. Medicine is priceless, and when the town is invaded and held hostage, Hope is the only one who knows how to get through the Breath to go for help.