Unaware of what fate may have befallen his friends, the young pilot attempts to make his way through the dangerous streets of the war-torn city of New Malaga, as he waits for the CSN to rush to the rescue.
But from out of the chaos emerges something far more terrible; and if Dodds can somehow survive the next 24 hours, he might finally see beyond the lies he has been fed and hear a side to the story that no one wants him to: what really happened to the Imperium, who the black-suited warriors are, what the ATAFs were built for...
... and what his purpose in all of it is. Whether he likes it or not.
There are three sides to every story. But sometimes the truth is the hardest side to believe.
Daniel Blair works in the Workshop, creating ROMs and hacking the chips to further increase their usefulness, an activity that is deemed illegal. But Rouge, his favoured ROM, is better than the official firmware; it simply does more. And besides, who knows what really goes into HF-Tech's official software releases? What is it capable of sending? And what can it receive? Dan doesn't quite trust them, not least of all because of the flaws in the system.
And when the day comes that HF-Tech releases a software update that allows a terrorist attack to take place, Dan begins to distrust the company even more.
But is there a threat closer to home that he should be paying more attention to..?
Only a handful are immune, and these survivors cling desperately to life, searching for food, fresh water, and a means of escape, find rescue, and discover a way to rebuild.
Becky is a young woman, taking refuge in her flat in the southern English city of Brighton, along with her friend Abby, an Australian woman she met online.
Harry is a member of the Posse, a group of five men enjoying the anarchy of the United Kingdom, smashing and grabbing what they can to survive, caring little for whom they harm along the way.
Brad and his dog Sam are searching Oxford for Brad's fiance, Anne, battling their way to Christ Church College.
Paths will cross, more lives will be lost and destroyed, and the world will give way to its new host.