Super-intelligent furry aliens suddenly appear from another universe. And they’ve come to earth to have fun. “Louie” follows fisherman Billy Morton home one day and he and his family come quickly to love the playful alien. But when Louie starts using their computer to hack into government and corporate networks, and steal millions from banks to give to others, they realize that Louie and his friends mean trouble. Billy, his wife and two sons begin a roller-coaster ride of fame, fortune, jail, death, resurrection, and a distinguished ranking high on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” List.
The Government soon decides that all these aliens are terrorists. They must be eliminated. The aliens are playing games they hope will help humans to see the insanity of the American political, economic and military systems. But the Powers that Be don’t play games: they make war.
Rhinehart's SF satire adeptly bounces back and forth between radically silly and serious, never going overboard in either direction, on its way to a potentially deadly but entertaining showdown between fun and tyranny. When a hairy spherical alien jumps onto Billy Morton's fishing boat, Billy names it Louie and brings it home to his family. Louie and the rest of his bouncing kind are on Earth to play, but their games include attacking corruption, warmongering, and a host of other sins that they believe keep most humans struggling instead of enjoying their lives. Billy, who's been anti-authority since the 1960s, is happy to join the aliens' various illegal activities, though he rightly guesses that those in power will brand the aliens as terrorists and do everything possible to stomp down the "playing," ranging from imprisoning aliens to committing brutal acts of war. The merry invaders have considerable mental and other powers, but those may not be enough to save them or Billy and his family. The political diatribes are occasionally heavy-handed, but for the most part they're deftly handled in amusing ways, and readers will feel like they're playing right along with Louie and his alien and human buddies.