It's been two years since the Christmas Eve cyber attack that crippled the nation. Two years since the American government threw the Switch, disabling the internet for the entire country and disconnecting the United States from the rest of the world. Overnight, hundreds of millions were thrust into a neo-Dark Age as they awoke to find themselves jobless and penniless, with nowhere to turn, and almost no way to communicate.
Marco Temura, a recovering net-addict and cub TV journalist, has finally started to pull his life back together. He's adapted to life after 'The Switch', he's in a program, he's losing weight. Things are looking good. When he's sent to interview visiting Senator Michael Vanusen, he thinks he's hit upon the story of a lifetime.
It's a short-lived rush, however, as he's handed a list of 'approved' questions and told to stick to the script. What he doesn't know is that he's being sent into the lion's den; that there is a plot afoot and that one single action, one simple movement will change his life forever.
Now on the run with Jessica Palmer, his intrepid and foul-mouthed camerawoman, wanted for a murder he didn't commit, Marco finds himself sucked into the sordid depths of San Francisco's post-Switch underbelly.
There, pursued by forces he doesn't understand, entwined in a conspiracy that reaches into the highest levels of government, Marco will unravel the truth behind 'The Switch', the perpetrators of the cyber attack and the final fate of his country.
- Brandon C Laraby, December 2010
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