Ginger and her family are on a summer camping trip when she and her twin brothers, Nat and Pat find themselves lost in the woods. While trying to get back to their parents, the Wald siblings discover a new, bizarre part of the woods they don't recognize. It's unlike anything they've ever seen. The grass is yellow, the trees are taller than skyscrapers and have a vibrant purple color. Soon, Ginger finds they are not alone. Strange, blue-furred creatures known as Beasts appear. One of them, named Fleg, tags Ginger and labels her 'The Beast from the East', their very own version of tag. The Beasts challenge Ginger and her brothers to their game, but the stakes in it are high: whoever loses, gets eaten.
Ginger, Nat, and Pat reluctantly participate in the game, but find the rules constantly changing. Ginger seems to keep surviving by sheer luck, but the Beasts think she's played this before, despite her pleas of the contrary. Ginger ends up tricking the Beasts when they see her brothers. Thinking she must have pulled a "classic clone", a sign of an advanced player, the Beasts let them survive and leave the woods.
However, the Walds encounter a new Beast. Like them, he is a Level Three player. He tags Ginger, starting up a new game.
Ginger is a determined girl, and she'll make sure her goal is reached. Her actions are always determined by her survival skill, some of which she learned while attending an "Explore the Great Outdoors" nature camp.