Just a few years after Little Brother, Marcus's problems are back: California's economy has collapsed, taking his university tuition with it. But M1k3y's political past saves him and lands him a job as webmaster for a muckraking politician who promises reform.
Things are never simple, though, as Marcus discovers when his onetime girlfriend Masha emerges from the political underground to gift him with a thumbdrive containing a Wikileaks-style cable-dump full of hard evidence of conscious corporate and governmental perfidy. It's incendiary stuff-and if Masha goes missing, Marcus is supposed to release it to the world.
But Marcus can't out himself as the Bradley Manning of this leak, because if he does he'll cost his employers the election. And he's surrounded by friends and acquaintances who regard him as a hacker hero. He can't even attend a demonstration without being dragged onstage and handed a mike. Nobody-his current girlfriend, his weary parents, his progressive-minded employer, his hacker admirers-knows just how unsure of himself he really is.
Meanwhile, hard people are beginning to shadow him, people who look like they've got plenty of experience inflicting pain until they get the answers they want. Inflicting it on Marcus.or, worse, on people he loves.
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