Drought has returned to the southwest. Previously safe water sources are contaminated. Municipalities have shifted to private ownership/management. Water is precious; access controlled.
The wars now require mandatory military conscription of women and men age 18-34. Water rights are only afforded to those who register for the draft, are outside of the age range, are permanently disabled or the primary caretaker for young children.
Our group of young, healthy, childless women have banded together out of necessity. Though they are not fugitives, they are in exile.