Carson finds trouble or it finds him. He has been kicked out of school for experimenting with NanoVirus designs. He is nearly rolled on a cross country bus ride to Seattle. His first night in the the Emerald City is spent in jail.
As those troubles go, they don’t stack up to the difficulty of his trying to accomplish one of two missions. The first is to find a tramp steamer out of Seattle. The second is to find the clandestine laboratory scientist he corresponded with through the Dark Web. They were working together to develop a nanotech based virus that could alter mood, relieve depression.
The first mission is a romantic impossibility, but Carson finds many sympathetic supporters. The second mission is to get to Seattle’s Georgetown district and find Dr. Ko, a Korean researcher that has ushered him along. Their meeting in a Dark Web chat room has lead to a rich period of increasingly complex virus designs using nanotech methods. But these designs are unstable, and with each new NanoVirus there comes a flurry of troubling symptoms.
If he could only work shoulder-to-shoulder with his mentor. Or barring that, if only he could find that tramp steamer bound for a foreign port.
Then opportunity finds him. But it feels like trouble as he struggles against what feels like the heart of gravity, the ultimate symptom of the last NanoVirus infection.