Alvin Baylor's life is not turning out as expected. He was tasting glory as a cyber-athlete, until scandal ended his career. Now he spends his days at a dead-end job in a constant hangover haze. And with the North America of 2117 fractured into corporate territories, who can blame him?
But Alvin is about to get a life-changing proposition: serve his corporate overlords on a secretive delivery mission to an asteroid-mining colony. In exchange he'll receive a bonus that will pay off his debts and change his fortune. Or he can take option number two - the unemployment line.
Riding an all-expense-paid cruise to the frontier of the solar system, Alvin has every reason to be optimistic. But he's in the dark on a couple of key details. The prototype he's delivering is a technological marvel that will transform the world...and a mysterious female assassin is coming to steal it.
It's the opportunity of a lifetime...but Alvin Baylor just might pay with his life!