Todd wakes to find his worst nightmare: Viola is gone, and he himself is at the mercy of Mayor (It's President, now, Todd) Prentiss. Mayor Prentiss has learned exactly how to control Todd: he uses Viola against him, and Todd has no choice but to let him. As Todd begins to succumb to the Mayor's new way of life, Viola is learning her own . . .
Many years ago, settlers traveled from the Old World to the New World. Prentisstown is the only settlement in the New World, and living in it is Todd, the last boy to become a man in a world of only men. There are no women in Prentisstown. There are also no secrets, as far as Todd is concerned, because of the Noise: everyone can . . .