What happens when the cyberworld becomes more important than the real world . . . ?
Modern citizens in 2036 are willing to give up a lot for guaranteed sunshine, a life with no wasted hours. A life free of crime and disease. A life that ends when you want it to, not when some faceless entity decides it's your time. Those who don't buy in -- the poor, the old, the paranoid -- have to watch as their loved ones, their friends and their jobs leave the city. They have to watch as the latest prestige technology, Self, changes everything -- not just the world, but humanity itself.
Everyone seems to be downloading his personality into the Self world, leaving the "meat" behind. On the bright side, the rents have dropped. And in several unexpected ways, resistance is growing . . . things come to a head when a grandmother, searching for the 12-year-old boy in her charge who has gone over to Self, reactivates her army-issued bodysuit -- transforming her into a vengeful, and nearly unstoppable, saver of souls.