Blind from birth, Caitlin Decter received the gift of sight with
the aid of a signal-processing retinal implant. The technology also
gave her an unexpected side effect-the ability to "see" the digital
data streams of the World Wide Web. And within the Web she
perceived an extraordinary presence, and woke it up.
It calls itself Webmind. It is an emerging consciousness that
has befriended Caitlin and grown eager to learn about her world.
But Webmind has also come to the attention of Watch-the secret
government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the
United States whether foreign, domestic, or online-and they''re
fully aware of Caitlin''s involvement in its awakening.
Watch is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national
security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes
in Webmind''s capacity for compassion-and she will do anything and
everything necessary to protect her friend…