Will, Beanpole and Henry have managed to escape the Tripods. But instead of living in safety in the small community of free people in the Swiss Alps, they have chosen to embark upon a mission that may cost them their lives.
Each year, a series of Games is held in Germany. The winners are given the honor of serving the Tripods. Those who are Capped consider it the highest honor. Those who are free know it is an ideal opportunity to infiltrate the City and perhaps, free the world.