Grace Donner speeds toward Earth, hoping to save Tim Trouncer. She needs to find synthetic surgeon and childhood friend, Dr. Raj Chanho. Faced with increasing political hostility, Raj has hidden himself and his technical expertise deep within the luddite haven of Cloister 11. Grace will have to land without attracting attention, dodge security, and find a way across the prairie—into the cloister home that had once banished her. Little does she know that the gene addicts who have control of Compstate have begun persecuting anyone with mechflesh technology, and the anti-tech aposti are lying in wait for her return. Her one hope to save Tim may lie in embracing the artificial intelligence community she once despised.