A warrior battles hydra.
The Blood Plague liquefies eyes.
Ecoterrorists rail against Earth's ecological ruin.
From the pitch Abyss, Chaos corrupts our dreams.
Psychnet, a network of quantum artificial intelligences (QAIs) owned by corporations, program consumers to shop Earth towards environmental oblivion. Meanwhile, a group of ecoterrorists, the Preachers of Chaos, battle to save Earth's species and ecosystems, and the lifeforms of planets that humankind colonises.
As Gaia QAI guides the starship, New Hope, towards a distant planet, she shapes the collective dream of the thousands in stasis aboard her to deprogram them, and create an ecocentric people that will live in harmony with the new world's environment. But as a plague spreads across Earth, an explosion destroys Gaia, leaving those aboard New Hope vulnerable. Into their collective dream a shadow QAI steps, who conjures ogres, hydra and other mythological beasts with which to enslave and torture.
Can the Preachers of Chaos save the billions on Earth infected with the Blood Plague? Can they protect those in stasis aboard New Hope from an eternal nightmare?