Crawford Lear is the Beta Union habitat’s senior engineer, a utopian society that sets unusual criteria for morality. This world keeps its citizens in a constant state of joy and contentment using a duplicitous system developed by the scientific genius of its most lauded citizen, Betera Eaton. Crawford steps into the covert role he has trained for since childhood on the eve of the greatest tragedy to strike the habitat in over a decade.

Using his psychic talents to ready the masses for rebellion, Crawford attempts to liberate citizens from a twisted regime led by a powerful senate and the empathic sentinels who enforce the law with sadistic enthusiasm. In the aftermath, Crawford and his compatriots realize freedom comes with its own burdens, and truth can be as deadly as lies.