Fifty years have passed since modern life came to a grinding halt. The cities have collapsed, taking modern luxuries and medicines with them. In Australia, the population has declined sharply, and those remaining have fled to the hinterlands to live in small, roughly built Communities, fighting against the harsh elements for survival. Some Communities thrive; others fail, and the difference can be a single years’ rainfall, or a poor choice of crop. People tend to stay put, tending their crops, their children, and their animals, hoping to last another year.