The advent of Webmind-a vast consciousness that spontaneously
emerged from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web-is changing
everything. From curing cancer to easing international
tensions, Webmind seems a boon to humanity.
But Colonel Peyton Hume, the Pentagon''s top expert on
artificial intelligence, is convinced Webmind is a threat. He turns
to the hacker underground to help him bring Webmind down. Then,
hackers start mysteriously vanishing. Is Webmind killing them
before they can mount an attack? Meanwhile, Caitlin Decter-the
once-blind 16-year-old math genius who discovered Webmind-
desperately tries to protect her friend. And Masayuki Kuroda, the
scientist whose implant gave Caitlin sight, modifies his technology
to help Sinanthropus, a paraplegic Chinese freedom blogger, regain
use of his legs-unaware of Sinanthropus''s role in China''s plans
to eliminate Webmind. Can this new world of wonder survive-or will
everything, Webmind included, come crashing down?