Ross, a local hero known as the Child-finder, fights to retain his humanity following a Wheetago bite at his cabin north of Edmonton. His wife and daughter are trapped in the city, surrounded by a vast army of marauding Wheetago. Ross forms an uneasy alliance with four escaped prisoners who narrowly escaped a Wheetago attack, and a mother and her young son after they also escaped a Wheetago attack. The unlikely allies work together to create a safe refuge at the cabin.
The deadly and ancient Wheetago are conquering the land and sky using either a bite attack to transform their victims, or a paralyzing scream to freeze and feast upon them. Ross was bitten by the Wheetago who killed his mother, and he will discover that the Wheetago have renamed him ROTH, and are expecting him to ‘turn’ like they have to join their gruesome crusade. Ross has half turned already, and if he lets go of his family medicine, the rat root he’s clutching, he will turn fully to attack and feast on the group as well as his own family. He plans to get into the city to save them and bring them back to the small community at the cabin where, so far, it is still safe.