By the year 2120, the world has changed dramatically. Few plants or animals have survived climate change and the human population has dropped to 3 billion. For those living in the affluent northern region, life is made comfortable by an artificial intelligence called The Gaia Machine. But for those living in the southern region, life is tough. So tough, they must trade their young women as surrogates in exchange for fresh water.
Ophelia Alsop, a privileged woman from the United Kingdom, and long-time conscientious objector to the surrogacy trade, takes matters into her own hands by becoming pregnant with her husband. For this, she is punished by the invisible hand of the law in a manner only The Gaia Machine could execute. When she speaks out against the injustice, she is abducted and imprisoned in a bizarre underworld where she discovers the shocking truth behind the surrogacy trade, illegal harvesting of human organs and the Ruling Elite's terrifying plans for the future of humanity.
Spanning the United Kingdom, France and Spain, Ophelia's journey takes her from a life of privilege to one of poverty before she finds a way to destroy The Gaia Machine and reveal the power brokers behind the digital curtain. But success, she learns, looks rather different to what she had expected.