When all of humanity is connected, the network is the true power.
In the year 2097, the only stable nation is the NAU: a dystopia exploding with new technologies and ruled by powerful, unchecked political parties.
Above it all is The Beam: an AI-built computer network that serves every whim and connects citizens through implants and biological add-ons. The Beam anticipates every need and has created a world within the world. It permeates everything. It is everywhere.
But now the NAU’s power is shifting. New powers are making their moves while others hang in the balance.
Doc, a black-market add-on dealer, discovers disturbing new enhancements available to his wealthiest clients. Nicolai, speechwriter for the head of Directorate, seeks independence he’s not allowed … and is just now learning of his own role in the Beam’s genesis. Kai, an escort-assassin as lethal as she is seductive, becomes embroiled in the machinations of her elite clients … and as the deception grows, realizes she may never see morning.
Behind it all, a shadowy group is pulling strings, guiding the upcoming election exactly where it needs to go. The Beam is coming alive; immersion is as real as reality and the population hangs unknowing in the balance. But if the NAU’s true power goes unchecked, the actions of a shadowy few will shape the fate of millions for years to come …