Marcus, a.k.a â€œw1n5t0n,â€ is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system worksâ€“and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high schoolâ€™s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.
But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison where theyâ€™re mercilessly interrogated for days.
When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state where every citizen is treated like a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.