Summary: The personification of Aryan purity, Ellyssa's spent her whole life under her creator's strict training and guidance; her purpose is to eradicate inferior beings. She was genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier: strong, intelligent, unemotional, and telepathic.
Only Ellyssa isn't perfect.
Ellyssa feels emotions--a fact she's spent her life concealing. Until she encounters the epitome of inferiority: a dark-haired boy raised among renegades hiding since the Nazis won the war a century ago. He speaks to her telepathically, pushing thoughts into her mind, despite the impossibility of such a substandard person having psychic abilities.
But he does.
His unspoken words and visions of a place she's never visited make Ellyssa question her creator. Confused and afraid her secret will be discovered, Ellyssa runs away, embarking on a journey where she discovers there is more to her than perfection.
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Ellyssa flees after renegade Jeremy pushes the thought of Kansas City into her head, because it promts her to find out her father's true agenda -- replacing all of humanity with genetically engineered Aryan super-humans.
She is then picked up by renegades because she runs a fever from a wound, nursed to health, slowly learns about the community and to trust the people in it. She becomes part of the Renegade family, and feels like she has found a home for the first time. But then community leader Jordan dies, who Ellyssa has formed a real bon to, so she is now experiencing real loss for the first time. Woody is with her in the moment of Jordan's passing, and they comfort each other, that's also when Woody seems to fall in love with her.
Still worn out from what happened with Jordan, Ellyssa is almost raped by Jason, but Rein, who wasn't expected back yet, saves her by shooting him in the leg. Ellyssa and Rain have shared several moments throughout the story, and eventually become a couple. Jason later dies of his injuries, but not before properly apalogizing to Ellyssa, and her forgiving him.
Everything a bit in turmoil over the loss of their leader, but things have to keep going. Rein and Woody head out to get supplies and walk into a trap set by detective Angela. Woody manages to get away and can alarm the community, but Rein gets taken to The Center. Ellyssa and Woody head out to rescue Rein, and get unexpected help from Leland who also equipps them to bomb the whole Center to the ground. While Woody gets the bombs in place, Ellyssa searches for Rein, but that is just another trap of Dr. Hirch, who is expecting her together with her siblings Xaver, Aalexis, and Micah. But because detective Angela is a psycho, she storms in and shoots Micah, which gets Ellyssa the opening to shoot the doctor in turn; she grabs Rein and they get out just in time before everything goes up in flames and collapsses in on itself. Aaron gets killed in the bombing, but Xaver can shield Aalexis, and they both will head out for revenge in the sequel.