|In the near future, the drug cartels of South America establish their own criminal nation, Cordillera, and proceed to flood the world with cocaine and political corruption. |
America responds by using the new science of nanotechnology to produce microscopic machines - "nanobots" - to eradicate such drugs once and for all. But these tiny devices can also be used to create new kinds of drugs inside a human body - a "pharm" - or to devour it from within.
After a catastrophic nano-plague, a new and powerful drug lord, El Hombre - "The Guy" - uses nanobots to set up a worldwide drug ring, harvesting new drugs from human bodies and enforcing obedience with threats of devourment.
Jerry Gade, a nano-engineer with a horrific secret, fights back.
The struggle between Gade and The Guy takes place in both the human domain and in the invisible world of their own nano-creations.
The outcome of their battle will determine the future of the human race.