London, 2019: Iz's first love breezes in from Silicon Valley–because he wants something: a book from their childhood Iz has stored elsewhere. Iz shows him the door. But five minutes later he's back again, desperate, one fingertip missing, claiming he's the real Chris and that Iz's first visitor was his cloned imposter. Their childhood games concealed world-changing secrets now wanted by dark forces, this Chris says. A monstrous surveillance coats every surface. Earth is and always was in the grip of secret kings. When Iz doesn't believe him he abducts her, forcing her on a journey through west Britain and the Sahara where nothing is as it seems.