Someone is dead set on making sure that Joust, the final challenge, ends with the right winner-and Heather realizes that for at least one person, Panic isn't a game anymore. An explosive conclusion brings the game to a permanent end... or so, at least, it seems. This year's players may be finished with the game. But it may not be finished with them.
In a forgotten rural town, every year the graduating seniors risk their lives in an illegal, high-stakes game to win life-changing money - and a chance to escape. Anonymous judges force the players through a series of challenges that will compel them to confront their deepest fears - and upend their ideas of who they are, who to trust, and who they might become. This year, 47 players will compete for the biggest pot ever. All of them will be changed. Only one will win.