Elite teen soldier Tom Raines is back in Kincaid's sequel to Insignia (2012). Trained as superhuman war machines, Tom and his fellow cadets at the Pentagonal Spire are now in their second year of waging technobattle for WWIII. Recruited for their smarts and hacking skills, they learn how to stay alive in a world now divided through financial lines by the giant corporations. Tom begins to suspect that the Spire is corrupt. When he is asked to betray his friends for the sake of his country, he wonders if he will be able to sacrifice his new life to do what he believes is right.