This week Oni Press releases Knee Deep: Book One. The new all-ages graphic novel is the first in a series of three books from cartoonist Joe Flood. The series, set in a post-cataclysmic far future, follows a young girl trying to survive as she searches for her family. With its arrival in stores this week, The Beat is pleased to present an exclusive excerpt of the book.

Here’s how Oni Press describes Knee Deep: Book One:

Two hundred years in the future, refugees from an environmental cataclysm have fled underground. They survive by scrounging out a living in a twisted maze of tunnels and canals. Scavengers, misfits, bandits, renegades, and mutants are among the citizens of this subterranean realm. They are sewerfolk, their home the bowels of a utopian city that was never completed.

Life is hard enough, but an overzealous mining company called PERCH wants to get their claws on this new underground frontier, and they don’t mind bulldozing any sewerfolk that get in their way.

Caught in the middle is a young girl named Cricket. She’s in a desperate search to find her family that fled underground. Join Cricket as she explores this savage new world in the hope of finding her parents and unlocking the secrets of a past long forgotten, in the three-part graphic novel series for all ages, Knee Deep.

Knee Deep is the latest graphic novel from cartoonist Joe Flood. His previous all-ages work includes a trio of entries in the Science Comics series from First Second Books, as well as the Cellies series with creator Dave Stewart III.

Check out the exclusive five-page excerpt of Knee Deep: Book One below. The graphic novel is set to arrive in bookstores today, and in comic shops tomorrow, May 31st.