In a desperate attempt to outrun the Big Crunch and recolonise the resulting new Universe, Humanity sends huge ships stocked with millions of people in hibernation racing at relativistic speeds for the edges of space.
One Lifeboat finds itself in crisis when strange events start to occur and Tom, the crew's Astrophysicist, starts to suspect that all is not quite as it seems or as they have been told.
On 1st October 2017 the Catalans went to the poles to vote on independence from Spain.
The Spanish government didn’t like that very much and tried everything they could to stop it. Among other things, they sent thousands of police officers who attacked voters and broke down doors in an attempt to take the ballot boxes and close the polling stations.
The Catalans didn’t like that very much and tried everything they could to go ahead, like peacefully resisting and hiding ballot boxes.
2 million people ended up being able to vote and the result was overwhelmingly in favour of independence.
Which the Spanish government didn’t like.
In the weeks and months that followed there were strikes and demonstrations on a daily basis in Catalunya and for a long time it seemed that all that was needed to set off an actual revolution was for a leader to emerge.
Peter Brown was a loser and couldn’t lead a conga line, let alone a revolution. However, after he gets caught up in a riot in Barcelona, shortly after the referendum, that’s exactly what the whole world seems to think he’s doing.
At the beginning of the third millennium the Earth was dying.
Just like any other species, when it finds its habitat becoming hostile to it, humanity found it had two choices - adapt or die.
The rich paid to change and became the Enhanced.
The few who were stuck on the surface and lived became the Evolved.
The rest did what they could with the materials at hand, poorly imitating the rich, and became the Boosters.
Billions upon billions died.
In an effort to ensure the survival of the race, huge Habitats were put into orbit, anchored to the Earth’s equator by space elevators, and since then humanity has clustered together like rats in cages, waiting for the planet to recover.
For ordinary people, the working classes like the Evolved, life is hard, it is a struggle just to survive, to find their next meal.
The ruling class, the Enhanced, on the other hand are bored. Life is easy for them, they don’t need to work or search for their next meal, instead they have the Game.
Whoever wins the Game, rules the Habitat.
Angelica Bowden is a prostitute, one of the Evolved. She is plucked from her life and brought in by Victor Vargas, son of the Habitat's ruler, to try to shake things up in the Game.
Usually, someone like her would have no chance, but she has an advantage.
She is an Empath.
Warning: contains some scenes of a sexually explicit nature