Stanford computer science professor Richard Nelson is on a mission to save humanity from itself. To do so, he must first save his wife Virginia. In this quest, Richard and his neuroscientist friend Pari seek the code to immortality. Leveraging artificial intelligence and virtual reality, they build a new world they call Cendovia, and an organization so secret most do not know they are even in it.
A dramatic first day of college for Richard's top students, Victor, Marisa, and Connor, sets them on a collision course with this secret organization. For Victor, things start off bad and keep getting worse. He struggles to change his fortune, struggling most of all to uncover the mystery his professor hides. Marisa and Connor team up to help Victor as these three friends strive to become the superheroes Richard has called on programmers to be.
While unlocking the capability to transcend into digital form, Richard and Pari grapple with the moral questions such transcendence awakens. At the risk of losing his grip on reality, Richard reshapes his world to retain the memory of his love as he journeys into an after life of his own creation. Though a looming danger approaches, he remains willing to die for his cause and most of all for Virginia.
But how many deaths must he endure?
"I loved it! Interesting concept. Realistic, likeable characters. The "tech-y" stuff was detailed enough that I actually felt like I was learning something but not so detailed that it felt bogged down & confusing. I'll definitely be watching for the next book in this series!"
—Melissa Cheplicki, Goodreads reader
"I’m not a computer person so wasn’t sure I would be able to keep up. But loved it and the way the characters came together. Didn’t expect the twist at the end! Looking forward to Book 2!!"
—Tina Bledsoe, Goodreads reader