Anais Hendricks is in the back of a police car, heading for The Panopticon, a home for chronic young offenders. She can’t remember the events that led her here, but across town a policewoman lies in a coma and there is blood on Anais’s school uniform. The residents of the Panopticon form intense bonds and Anais finds herself part of an ad-hoc family. Much more suspicious are the social workers. Looking up at the watchtower that looms over the residents, Anais knows her fate: she is part of an experiment, she always was, and the experiment is closing in.