Red is a chemical beta tester. It’s a nice way of saying ‘professional drug addict.’
But that’s not a problem: Everybody in the Four Posts is nursing an addiction to something. In fact, the city’s entire economy is based on Presence — a chemical hallucinogen that lets the user peek into history. Red’s talent for mixing new and interesting narcotic concoctions is usually good for a quick buck and a cheap laugh, but this time something’s gone wrong, and after huffing a new prototype strain of Presence from Hockner Industries, he’s awoken to find himself in violation of a Non-Disclosure Agreement.
A crime punishable by death.
His only hope for salvation lies in a mysterious contact with all the answers and seemingly infinite resources. But to get to him, Red must first navigate the claustrophobic theater of the ‘Wells, where nobody is what they seem to be, escape the clutches of a mad, phallus-obsessed ghetto king, and seek protection from the murderous grey boatmen, all while his frightening and increasingly real hallucinations tear him apart from the inside out. With the help of QC, a walking nanotech factory, and Byron, an upper-class slacker literally addicted to the past, Red must discover what the strange experimental drug is doing to his mind. And he better be quick about it, before the pair of sinister, faceless recovery agents, the Alpha Gentlemen, catch up to him…and burn him alive.