Claire Avery lives with her father in a community full of traditions but one in particular has her on edge. The Hourglass Project, created by The Council 80 years ago gives all citizens a chance to find love in a certain amount of time. But Claire feels that it's not fair to have to participate. Her best friend Derek persuades her to take a chance and run away with him. But before they can run she faces something that will change her life forever.