Melanie Stryder refuses to fate away. The earth has been invaded a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts, and most ho humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading ?soul? who has been given Melanie?s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories. But she did not expect that Melanie would refuse to relinquish possession of her mind.