Richard “Dodge” Forthrast is a world-famous game designer, a former draft dodger and pot smuggler, who parlayed his money from carrying weed across the border into a start-up company that produced the blockbuster video game T’rain. T’rain is a multiplayer, multi-billion dollar success that allows interaction in virtual and real worlds in ways no one has ever thought of before. Like organized crime, who has figured out how to use T’rain to virtually launder real-world money, or terrorists, who are using the game for their plotting.
Unfortunately, the game’s popularity gives it a high profile. Hackers develop a program called Reamde that can hijack a player’s electronic files and hold them for ransom, a dangerous game when you don’t know anyone’s real identity.
Soon gamers, fantasy writers and hackers are all trying to outplay bad guys, who are popping up left and right from the cybersphere, and Forthrast finds himself dead-bang center in a high stakes and deadly conflict.