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. Along the way, they build a new world and a society 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 society. For Victor, things start off bad and keep getting worse. He struggles to change his fortune, struggling most of all with Richard. Marisa and Connor team up to help Victor as they strive to become the heroes Richard has called on programmers to be.
While unlocking the capability to transcend into digital form, they grapple with the moral questions they awaken. As a looming danger approaches, Richard remains willing to die for his cause and most of all for Virginia. But how many deaths must he endure?