A young man, whose mother found him, as a newborn, abandoned in a pile of trash- an environmental activist and her parents- a political writer- an ex-CIA deep-cover operative- a professor of economics and one of psychology- a constitutionalMoreA young man, whose mother found him, as a newborn, abandoned in a pile of trash- an environmental activist and her parents- a political writer- an ex-CIA deep-cover operative- a professor of economics and one of psychology- a constitutional scholar- an FBI agent- a librarian- and two movie stars are united by a common fear- a common enemy- a common desperation- a common goal- and finally, by a common plan to achieve the uncommon.
They see their rights disappearing into nothingness- their privacy a thing of the past- their every move observed and recorded- and hundreds of thousands of human lives callously extinguished and millions more destroyed, in their name. They see young people, who might be the hope of the future, sent instead to die for the benefit of a rich and powerful few.
They see those who purport to love their fellow man, but are the first to want to kill him. They see those who surely love their children, but send them to a senseless death in a conflict contrived for the benefit of parties unknown to them. All these evils are unacceptable to them. They want out.At first, they wonder if it is possible for them to ever regain their rights, to ever retain the fruits of their labor, and to ever save the lives that are being wasted, at least the lives of those nearest and dearest to them. Alarmed by the rapid march toward all out tyranny in their country and the high-tech surveillance being installed to reinforce it- dismayed that the vast majority of the people are oblivious or unconcerned- concluding that there is no hope that enough people could be made aware of the problems, less hope that they would ever be concerned about them, and far less hope that they would ever act to improve things, they are determined to take the control of their fate away from the disconnected majority.
The situation appears hopeless. The government is too evil and too powerful. The vast majority of the people either dont see what is happening, or they see it and dont care. All the cards seem stacked against them.Nevertheless, the characters in this book refuse to lie down and die. Nor are they going to stand as deer in the headlights, watching disaster coming at them. They know that, sprinkled among the mindless robots, there have to be numerous like-minded people. They will find them, and, together, they will do whatever it takes. Their goal could not be more important.
The odds against them could not be greater. They will not sit and wait for something to happen. They embark on an all or nothing gamble for their freedom to live as they know men were meant to live: as sovereign individuals. Like Hannibal, facing the impossible task of moving his army across the Alps, they will either find a way, or they will make one. They have a right to be free- it is a most sacred right.