Meet our main character Quinn, a citizen of Outpost 72.
Quinn and her brother have always looked out for each other. As kids, Quinn and Sam became hackers that bonded over their mutual love of breaking into parts of the Neural Net so they could see what happens when they mess with people’s neural profiles.
The Neural Net is used by the government for control, the people for distraction, and the world for communication. As adults, Sam buried himself in the net’s gaming communities, social media, and blogs; only coming out to eat and sleep.
Quinn has moved on to working full time so she can support her brother and herself–until the day her brother stopped responding. Recalling her skills as a hacker, Quinn is able to do the impossible and log herself out of the Neural Net so she can help her brother who is lost to the net.
Quinn has to make a choice: watch her brother waste away or try to disconnect him from the net. She has to find the source of the signals connecting the net to society’s neural profiles.
The government, guards, and neural net addicts will try to stop her but she has a way to fight them. Quinn uses her ability to hack into the Neural Net to emotionally distract citizens so she can find a way to disconnect everyone and save her brother.