In the future, AI are everywhere – over half the human race lives online. But in
the Caspian Republic, the last true human beings have made their stand; and now
the repressive, one-party state is locked in perpetual cold war with the
Security Agent Nikolai South is given a seemingly mundane task; escorting a dead
journalist’s widow while she visits the Caspian Republic to identify her
husband’s remains. But Paulo Xirau was AI; and as Nikolai and Lily delve
deeper into the circumstances surrounding Paulo’s death, South must choose
between his loyalty to his country and his conscience.