Nina Duchenne walked away from a perfect life to pursue a noble idea. Unfortunately, her hope of becoming a forensic investigator drowned in two years of mandatory street patrol. One tragic night shatters her dream, and she finds herself questioning the very nature of what it means to be alive.
Joey Dillon lives at the edge of a perpetual adrenaline rush. A self-styled cyber cowboy who chases thrills wherever he can find them, he doesn’t think about what will happen twenty minutes into the future. With the government of Mars chasing him, he flees to Earth, taking refuge in places society has forgotten.
Division 9 gives Nina command of the operation to stop two international agents. Joey just wants to find his next meal. Voices from beyond the grave distract Nina from her pursuit, and send Joey on a mission to find out who is responsible. His suspicions lie grounded in reality while she hopes for something science cannot explain.
The spies prove more elusive than expected, convincing her they have help from a master hacker. Joey falls square in her sights with the fate of the entire West City—as well as Nina’s humanity—at risk.