After a decade of famine and food riots, the Mendelian Corporation feeds and controls the world through its genetically modified seeds. Twelve-year old Juan is a member of the Sprouts -the Mendelian corporate youth program in which young boys are trained to be the eyes and ears of local authorities. When Juan inadvertently discovers that his father Mateo may be involved in a local seed-running ring, he is forced to decide just how far his commitment goes to the Sprouts motto 'Duty First'.
Set in the near future of economic hard times, Tent City tells the story of Matthew Ochoa, who has been forced to abandon his career as an artist and take a job evicting people from their foreclosed homes. At home, he and his son Ivan relieve the dreariness by engaging in Trapezoid, their favorite storytelling game, through which they weave an elaborate science-fiction saga.
The year is 2025. All American citizens in good health are now required to serve one year in a government job, including on the now treacherous U.S./Mexico border. Tia Moran is a pregnant border patrol agent finishing her last day of service, and when she discovers an illegal immigrant teen hiding in her home, is forced to question her loyalty to a system of exclusion.