However, all of his dreams come to an abrupt end when Lisa is taken from him by a drunk driver. Distraught and devoid of a reason to live, Mark contemplates suicide. However, before following through on his dark thoughts, Mark has an epiphany: if he could gain access to his company's secret Flicker World project, he just might be able to see his beloved Lisa again after all.
Brian Cramer was born in New Jersey. Because of several failed attempts to escape the mysterious pull of the Garden State, he still lives there. He works for a custom cable assembly manufacturer and enjoys nature, technology, writing, the universe, and a hot cup of tea.
But every society has its peculiarities.
This one happens to be governed by an artificial intelligence named Ariel. Using Ariel, this society has been able to identify its stupid, lazy, or otherwise detrimental individuals - and kill them. The result is a civilization of intelligent, hardworking inhabitants - except for Calvin.
Will Calvin be able to adapt to his new surroundings, or will the learning curve be too steep for him to survive?
Unfortunately, nothing is ever so straightforward in Calvins life and he soon finds himself involved in a complicated love square with Tarpa and two newly-revived cryogenic patients. To add to the complications, these two patients are part of a new program by Bobcorp3 to use a section of the brain to directly interface with the Ariel system.
But all new technologies have a few glitches.
Now Calvin gets his chance to earn back some karma by saving the Ariel system from the side effects of this glitchy new program - if only his girlfriend were not one of those glitches.