In 1999, Vinestead International destroyed a worldwide, immersive virtual reality known as The Net in favor of their heavily controlled alternative, VNet. Five years later, the Guardian Angel bill was passed, requiring all newborns and naturalized citizens to be augmented with Vinestead’s proprietary biochip. Shortly after the bill’s passage, the domestic terrorist group Calle Cinco executed 358 Vinestead employees at the company’s headquarters in Sacramento.

In the years that followed, challengers rose and fell, but Vinestead always triumphed.

Now, in the waning months of 2015, a new savior has emerged. James Perion, founder and CEO of Perion Synthetics, stands as the lone warrior on the battlefield. His company has money, influence, and the largest inventory of synthetic humans on the planet. If anyone is going to keep Vinestead International from world domination, it is Perion Synthetics.

There is only one problem: James Perion is dying.

As the future crumbles, the world looks for answers. It falls to the three largest media feeds in the country—Banks Media Productions, Lincoln Continental, and The White Line—to ask the tough questions. To do so, they must find a way to get their aggregators into Perion City, a secluded and heavily guarded beta test operating in the wastes of the California desert.

WHAT THEY DISCOVER WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF THE VINESTEAD WAR FOREVER.