The chip in your brain is the source of your happiness and the key to your health. It guides you, it looks after you . . . and it turns you into a complacent slave.
Kal is a young scientist, who fits well in the chip-regulated society. But when he accidentally discovers how the chip is playing with his mind, his life is in danger.
Amber is a chipless girl from afar with a problem of her own. She helps Kal to escape the city police and they flee the city together. Now that the chip no longer controls him, Amber also arouses in Kal new, confusing feelings with which he has a hard time coping.
Amber is more important to the city rulers than Kal imagines, and the hunt for them both is on. They must travel through dangerous territories to reach a safe destination, and time is running out for Kal. If they fail to get there in time, both his life and the hope of fighting the city tyrants will be lost.