Six stories explore the ways and the price of survival when everything seems lost: An astrologer loses her stars but not her faith in them. A woman watches as her lover and her planet transform with new life-or die with it. A young man seeks revenge for unwelcome mercy granted in a world where every breath is agony. A group of artists discovers the strange loveliness which is all that remains of all the other worlds. At the end of things, people display selfishness, exhaustion, but also connection. Friendships are betrayed and nurtured. If hope is gone, there is still determination, curiosity, and beauty.