Graciella “Stone” O’Leary just wants a chance. A chance to use her basketball skills and her powerful intelligence to make a better life for herself and her father. But after a night as a prisoner of the Martins, the richest and most powerful family in town, she learns the painful lesson that in the "Merit" world that exists after the Cancelled Election, her future is not hers to decide.
A descendent of Boudica, the rebel queen who took on the entire Roman Empire, Stone is unwilling to accept that her birth as a daughter of the Flats Ghetto makes her a slave—unlike her friend, Rizzo, who has been condemned to the debtors’ “Chain Gang.”
Like Boudica, Stone is willing to risk everything, even her own life, to bring death and destruction on the elites who control her world and repress everyone not born to privilege. Stone, Rizzo, and others who join them, will fight not just for the impossible dream of overthrowing the system, but to inflict on the "Merit" elites a righteous nightmare of blood, fire, and revenge.
Containing stunning spot illustrations by the author, this scintillating neo-noir near-future novella is acclaimed cartoonist and comics artist Ho Che Anderson's first work of prose fiction in over twenty years.