It is 2083 in New York City, where water is strictly rationed, cell phones are not permitted, emails require postage, and the ban on caffeine and chocolate means that organized crime has stepped in to fill the demand. Seventeen-year-old Anya Balanchine is the daughter of a notorious crime boss who was gunned down five years ago in their Manhattan apartment, leaving Anya the heir-apparent to the family business--Balanchine Chocolate. Now that she has been released from Liberty Children's Facility, Anya wants more than ever to live an ordinary life. But this is not as easy to achieve as she had hoped. Finding a high school that will take on a student with a criminal record is next to impossible, her best friend Scarlet is now officially with her ex-boyfriend, and the boy she's in love with has moved on. Just when things seem to be settling into a normal routine, a political vendetta lands her back at Liberty, and Anya has no choice but to escape and become a fugitive. At the same time, her immediate family becomes the target of a power-play organized by those who wish to control the chocolate business. So Anya's plans must be set aside because, before anything else, she is a Balanchine after all.