A 32-year-old woman suffering from bipolar disorder comes to suspect the proprietor of the state-of-the-art "smart apartment" she and her husband just moved into is using the building's residents as unwitting guinea pigs for a "synthetic telepathy" brainwashing plot with dire global ramifications.
Set in the near future where climate change has wreaked havoc in parts of the American Midwest, a government agency exiles members of society deemed unproductive to a colony known as New Eden. An ambitious and impartial caseworker, Noah Kross investigates a case appealed by a single mother and her son. Determined to expose government secrets, Kross sets off to save the lives of the mother and child.
Jake Huard, a local kid, is a shipbuilder's son who wants to prove to his father, not to mention himself, that he can cut it as a Naval officer. But at the Academy he runs afoul of a hard-nosed training officer named Cole who does all he can to drive Huard out of the school. They end up settling their differences in the boxing ring during the Academy's annual competition.