Jimmy Castigan: A coward and sneak. He grew up hard in the streets of the old city, in the shadow of the arcology. Currently forced to be a runner for Big Mikey, the resident hardball in this sector, Jimmy has to fetch all sorts of goodies to keep the boss happy and not breaking Jimmy's fingers. One day a shipment of chems Jimmy fetches manages to do Big Mikey in for good, and all hell breaks loose. The fragile balance of the slums is shattered and Jimmy is thrust into a whirlwind of chaos and deeper intrigue than he thought possible. And he wants no part of it.