The characters in Jonathan’s computer game are talking back to him. Has the stress of his job finally tipped him over the edge? And who is the woman he sees in the high street who looks as if she has just stepped straight out of his computer screen? His wife, Harriet is supposed to be busy finishing her doctoral thesis on Celtic Gods. Instead, she is running about in a fantasy world pretending to actually be one of them. Why?
In the meantime Jacques Dubois is having his basic perception of what it means to be a police officer stretched and twisted beyond his understanding as he leads a team detailed to try and stop a most unusual theft. Somebody is stealing ‘virtual’ money and using it to make themselves rich in the real world.
All the main protagonists really want to do is to get on with building their respective lives. However, the emerging intelligences in the Virtual World of Tertius increasingly influence and shape their decisions, forcing them to choose and follow new directions. Real World and alter ego Virtual World lives intertwine and interact and one person finds themselves pressured and in danger of being exposed as the thief. In a desperate attempt to stay ahead, they commit murder. This sets in train a chain of events around the world that culminates in a race against time to preserve life, business and principles.