Zero is a concept album set in a nightmare future where a totalitarian corporation has risen to power in the wake of a disaster. The record is an account of the events from the perspective of the main character in the story, Baker. The band explained: "We went in with a bunch of songs and came out with a concept album, the likes of which we've never attempted to undertake in the past. If you're a longtime fan of Hawthorne Heights, you know we've been through a lot over the years. No matter how hard life gets or how many seemingly insurmountable odds you may encounter, everyone can get a fresh start. Zero deals with these life issues against a dystopian, war-ravaged backdrop."