The world is suspended within balances of power. Tense and delicate terms of peace, crisscrossing and humming just below the surface. The Vine plantings, undercover alien spies of a galaxy-spanning race, hold positions of infl uence all over the planet. Toyo Harada, Earth's most unstoppable psiot, amassed a bedrock of power through his corporate, political, and super powered maneuverings. A tenuous détente has long held between the slumbering giants, each with the world held loosely in their grip. Until now.