"I made the mistake of falling in love with my best friend, but you made the mistake of breaking her heart."
It's been over ninety-seven years since a devastating nuclear apocalypse wiped out almost all life on Earth.
The only known survivors lived on twelve space stations in Earth's orbit prior to the apocalyptic event. The space stations banded together to form a single massive station called 'The Ark', where about 2,400 people live under the leadership of Chancellor Thelonious Jaha. Resources are scarce, so all crimes-regardless of their nature or severity-are punishable by ejection into space (also known as 'floating') unless the perpetrator is under 18 years of age.
After The Ark's life-support systems are found to be critically failing, one-hundred juvenile prisoners are declared 'expendable' and sent to the surface, in a last-ditch attempt to determine whether Earth is habitable again, in a program called 'The 100'. The teens arrive on a drop ship on a seemingly pristine planet they have only seen from space.
They attempt to find refuge and supplies at an old military installation, Mount Weather Emergency Operations Centre, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, they land some distance from the intended target and soon face other problems. Confronting both the wonders and the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community.
James 'Jay' Walker, a mechanical engineer on The Ark, is known for being shy and reserved, only speaking when spoken to, and doing the best he can when given a job. His job, although not always the safest, landed him in the social circles of both Finn Collins-the Spacewalker-and Raven Reyes-the daredevil mechanic.
But after an incident that James couldn't have seen coming, he lands himself in the Skybox. Then soon after, a trip down to Earth.
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