In Dalton, music is eclectic and varied. It has been influenced by the Oglala community of Pine Ridge, the spoken word tradition popular with the rebel groups, and the folk music of the rail riders.
Dalton's culture is a mixture of those of its residents. One of the largest minority cultures is Native American, and the Mixed themselves have developed species-specific traditions.
The Sioux community, returning to its traditional ways, has thrived in the new post-war society. However, their success has caused them to be viewed as a threat by Dalton government, and the two communities mutually distrust each other.
When the world went dark, Rapid City, one of the few surviving American cities, narrowly escaped a plunge into apocalyptic anarchy.
After the War, people began turning to sustainable and practical farming methods as well as relying on the natural resources in the area.
Ellie and Tess share more in common than they think, but Ellie is determined to keep her daughter from living with the same regrets she has in her own life.