Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. That was also the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.
Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves the Traveling Symphony, and the have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when the arrive in St. Deborah by the water, the encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band's existence.