Chapter Overviews Edit
Chapter 1 – On The Way to the Light… Edit
Protagonists Allie and Nick are sent into the light because of a car crash. The crash was caused by a sharp piece of steel that had been dropped by a scrap metal truck. Nick’s father failed to avoid this and the impact with it caused him to lose control of the car.
The ensuing accident sends Nick and Allie down the tunnel into the light. They crash into each other and end up breaking through the walls of the tunnel and ending up in Everlost.
This is one of the few glimpses we have of Nick’s family. His father, brother, and sister are all mentioned. Since Nick sits without a seat belt in a car meant for four people, the unmentioned fifth person is likely his mother.
Chapter 2 – Arrival in Everlost Edit
Nick and Allie both awaken in Everlost after their ninth months of sleep. They meet each other as well as a “weird” boy that Allie names Lief, as he has forgotten his own name. Struggling to come to grips with this new reality, Nick and Allie head up to the road where the accident occurred.
After unsuccessfully trying to flag down several vehicles, Allie ventures into the middle of the road. When a Greyhound bus appears, Allie stands obstinately in its path. In doing so, her feet sink into the earth and the bus ends up passing through her afterlight body.
At the end of the chapter is a brief excerpt from Mary Hightower’s Sorta Dead.
Chapter 3 - Dreamless Edit
Lief introduces Allie and Nick to some of the basics of Everlost. They learn about permanent clothing, the presence of monsters, and fact that they slept for nine months before awakening. Nick and Allie struggle greatly to come to terms with this new existence, much to Lief’s chagrin.
Lief spends some time of his own reflecting on his life in the living world and his early days in Everlost. It appears that he had forgotten some of the natural reactions to an arrival in Everlost, himself being so far removed from that situation. Thus, he miscalculated what Nick and Allie’s responses would be and struggled to keep up.
Allie concludes that certain decisions must be made and the desire to go home begins to take root. An excerpt from one of Mary Hightower’s books ends the chapter, discussing the absence of adults.
Chapter 4 - A Coin on its Edge Edit
Allie, Nick, and Lief seriously discuss leaving the forest and the nature of their current existence. Lief is adamantly opposed to departure and talks about the horrors of the world outside the dead forest, especially the McGill. They all end up working together to construct Roadshoes so that Allie and Nick can leave the forest. Lief refuses to leave with them. At the end of the chapter, a snippet of Mary Hightower's The Gravity of Gravity discusses gravity fatigue.
Chapter 5 - Friends in High Places Edit
The reader is finally introduced to Mary Hightower. Mary comes into contact with a Finder called Speedo who has brought for her purchase an intact birthday cake. She ends up purchasing it for the price of a silver Jaguar. This chapter also features the first appearance of Stradivarius (Vari) who is Mary's loyal servant.
Chapter 6 - Scavengers Edit
Allie and Nick leave the Dead Forest and head towards New York. They wrestle with the desire for food, water, and sleep, even though these things are no longer necessities. They briefly discuss what could await them at home, Allie confidently asserting she will make her family hear her and know her presence, while Nick isn't so sure that's a possibility.
On the fifth day of their journey they encountered the "Welcome to Rockland County!" dead-spot. They run into trouble from Johnnie-O, Raggedy Andy, Purple-puss, and squeaky kid. They attempt to send Allie sinking down towards the Center of the Earth, but are frightened off by Lief pretending to be the McGill. They then continued their journey to New York. Upon arrival, they sighted the Twin Towers and knew they had to take a detour to Manhattan.