Cities have been destroyed, plants and animals have died, and few humans survive in a post-apocalyptic America. A grey ash covers the earth where cannibals stalk and where starvation is just a breath away. With the onset of winter a man and his young son journey through the desolate landscape on the road to the coast, hoping to find warmth and other “good people”. They have nothing except the clothes they are wearing, a pistol and what will fit into a shopping trolley—and each other. This novel presents a bleak and haunting picture of a dying world.