Shepherd asks the question, what if? What if the Northern Hemisphere was involved in a nuclear and chemical war to the extent that it was no longer habitable? What if this war was brought about by the diversity of religion?
These questions aren’t too radical to ponder on; they are questions that in humanity's worst scenario - might happen. And if these scenarios became a reality, what would the reaction be?
In Shepherd, the government bodies have banded together to make one government, overseeing the parts of the Southern Hemisphere that are still relatively habitable.
To survive all capital is put into science, especially off-world mining for resources. Religion and cultural diversity has been banned as a reactionary measure against the atrocities of the Northern Hemisphere’s war.
But there are other questions, not about Earth and its war, but about light. Do guiding lights exist? Are we alone? Is there a particular path to follow or is everything in life random and meaningless. And if so, can we find our own meaning through this chaos?
Point of view, is crucial in Shepherd. As the main character, is a young teenager. She is thrown into a world of uncertainties; her knowledge of politics, religion, and history is limited.
Shepherd is an intimate character portrayal of someone on the outskirts of society, caught in the web of those in control, without fully realising it. Instead, her journey is internal, believing in the light of her deceased brother as a guide. Shepherd then, is a descriptive vision of Eden’s reality.