The world reflects the new reality of the damage wrought by human overpopulation and resource depletion. Most of it is underwater. Universal use of Nae-NŽe, the nanite birth control device, continues. Anyone wishing to reproduce must get a license to do so, and none will be granted before a death has been recorded.
The worldÕs banksters, hedge fundsters, and corporatists Ð whom Avril has dubbed ÒFarmersÓ due to their treatment of humans as a crop to be managed Ð orchestrated the Cull. She must find a way to make this crime transparent to all while remaining out of reach. The Farmers are a pernicious threat, one that must be addressed, or the new world order will be one of fear and manipulation by the powerful few.