Sidney McDaniel is an undercover computer forensic expert. Operating in the darkest corners of the web, his job is busting corporate hackers—the Russians, the Chinese—or whomever.
Suddenly, Sidney’s life becomes an Orwellian nightmare when his cover is blown by an online cult that wants to recruit him, and the FBI, which wants him to be a double agent. Sidney is caught between the two powerful camps vying for control of the cyber profiles of every citizen in the world—their personal data, preferences, contacts—everything. When he grows close to a cult member deeply dedicated to the group’s WikiLeaks-type mission and infiltrates the very heart of the US government’s surveillance complex at the National Security Agency (NSA), Sidney finds himself at the core of the ongoing struggle between data mining and data privacy, computer encryption and open code, the PATRIOT Act and the Fourth Amendment, national security and individual freedom.
As Sidney maneuvers between the anarchist agenda of the Dark Web cyber cult and the mechanisms of the Big Brother police state, he must answer for himself the fundamental questions of the Digital Age:
Is privacy dead? Are we doomed to a real-life 1984? Or is there a way to freedom?