Shinji's dreams have taken on a terrifying new form: he is a Vortex, a destructive force that threatens to destroy all of humanity through dreams.
Because of this, Shinji must die.
Now, the Third Child is thrust into the service of seven beings who have existed since long before Earth began and will exist long after it ends: the Endless.
As Asuka is drawn more and more into Shinji's new life, and the shaken members of NERV begin to question their path, dark forces conspire to turn the boy's death to their advantage.
Will SEELE's sinister plans prevail against the Endless, or will the old men finally be destroyed by a reality they cannot understand?