Carson Pace is once again a free man, and the dirty cop who framed him has been arrested and is facing a maximum sentence in Justice Net, but things are not always as they seem. Carson and Anita are happy to begin their lives together, building a family with Anita's little daughter, but he hasn't forgotten the commitment he made to aid Nostrado in exposing the corruption of the Global Union. Of course, speaking out carries its own dangers. When the GU learns that Carson is using his experience to expose them, they pull out all the stops to shut him down. Warrents are issued for both him and anita, and it won't be long before they find themselves once more fighting for their lives in the Net. But Carson was a history professor, so he is fully aware that, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, "the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with blood of patriots and tyrants." Sometimes, a cause needs martyrs more than it needs heroes.