Niki Jenks begins to stitch together a new kind of empire, swatting aside opposition and inviting the old guard to try to stop her. Singularity cult-leader Xerxes builds himself a new holy ground and aligns himself with an old foe to fend off a competing faith. Political wunderkind Michael Smith is pulled deeper into the system, and the more he learns, the more he wonders if it's a system worth saving.
And a mysterious woman named Celia Black introduces herself and her organization, Citizen's Solution, as either ally or foe to those who would change the world.
This is the third book in the Real Powers series.