Saki Kayenlora has died twice already. The first time around, she was kidnapped at age five and trained to pilot her government's secret Mark 90 war machine. After a consortium of pure-software beings set their eyes on her planet, she fought them to the death in a quixotic struggle. Six years later, her digital afterlife was disrupted when TTMA, her world's ancient enemy, translated Saki and her fellow survivors back into realspace. Now, as a refugee among TTMA's bewildering constellation of independent micro-societies, can she learn to truly live for the first time?