Born as a "Surplus" Anna finds herself in the dreaded Grange Hall where all "Surplus" must go to learn how to be useful. Here children realize they are nothing and have no right to be alive, and must pay penance for the sins of their reckless parents. If you are useless and difficult there is another place to go.....but not Anna, she is a model resident. She has learned her place and endured fear, regulations, and punishment, soon to be a valuable asset.
The Declaration by Gemma Malley takes place in the year 2140. Longevity drugs have made it possible for people to live very long lives. Children born without permission are a burden on society therefore they must work to make themselves beneficial and useful or else....... risk a worse fate.