After the solar flare and the eco-death of the earth Shane is one of those who can afford the treatment to become a clone and use the digital food. Staying alive is expensive: procreation and children are forbidden. Shane’s job is to to keep it that way, to keep out the underground scum: adults and children. But Shane's priviledged life changes fast when authorirites find his 10 year old son. More
Nanopean clones are a new class of human, engineered to live on digital food, on a biologically dead planet. They live for hundreds of years and bringing new people into their protected world is not an option. Reproduction is banned. So when they start taking sub-children from underground, old wounds are reopened. It’s the last thing the Nanopean Government Service needs: there’s another massive solar flare predicted in three weeks and they’re planning a quiet getaway, with a select few, to a nearby planet. Now there’s a group of female sub rebels threatening to sabotage the journey unless they get their children back. The timing couldn’t be worse. The Service need someone to clean up the mess and fast. Shane’s a 150 year old Nanopean, physically fit and has a good job managing the guards at one of the city gates. He’s been hunting runaway Subterraneans for years. Everyone in Nanopea is biding time until “The Service” find a decent planet to move to. Unfortunately his wife wants to ruin it all by doing something illegal. They’ve been together for 76 years and now she’s bored and wants him to get her a baby. If he doesn’t do it she says she can’t take it anymore and it’s euthanasia time. He’s torn between loyalties. It’s his wife or his job. Shane gets her the child from the underworld. But then his wife dies and he’s stuck with a baby that’s got to be kept secret. Luckily he has a robot boy who doubles as a playmate / nanny while he’s at work. But the best laid plans… someone dobs him in. The child’s taken away; he loses his regular job and instead gets a government mission that even he can’t handle: Go underground and hunt a group of female subs threatening Nanopea. There’s no pressure: it’s just that, if he fails no one will survive the predicted solar flare occurring in three weeks time and his combat equipment doesn’t work that well below the surface… It is probably just as well that he’s not yet aware that: 1. His exiled son, Ryan, is now living with the Sub rebels and 2. He will find the leader of the rebel group extremely attractive.