A near-future Midwestern reflection on hate’s ascendancy and empathy’s decline, with elements of mystery and a metaphysical twist.
Ever since civil war fractured the United States fifty years ago, Harmony “Bibi” Cain has isolated himself: from society, from technology, from family.
A powerful empath who’s weary from the constant intrusion of others’ emotions, he’s finally retired to seek the hollow peace of further isolation. But when four impossible-seeming killings shake North America, Bibi is drawn into an investigation he wants nothing to do with.
The victims were killed by motes—unstoppable drones only an empath can control—and decades ago, Bibi was part of the program that created them: the program that weaponized empathy.
St. Louis, Missouri