Everything in New Braintree was efficient, comfortable, and convenient, but tightly controlled by PACE, a technology provider with dark ambitions of global dominance. Their proposed justice robot, MAX, is more of a politician than a judge and lacks even simulated ethics. Railas, now fully operational, is the only alternative. He cannot be intimidated or bribed, and he was created to work against tyranny. His team has high hopes to restore justice and defeat PACE. But while Railas and his team investigate MAX and his motives, he finds something worse. His mysterious creator, who vanished from her office on the space elevator, makes a surprise appearance in VR. Her digital essence, coupled with something far away, may represent an unimaginable threat.