— a future where Native
Americans live free in their traditional lands, but everyone else in America has moved onto reservations to protect
themselves from a dangerous world.
“I do not want to settle down in the houses you
would build for us. I love to roam over the wild prairie. There I am free and happy. When we sit down, we
grow pale and die.” —Setanta (White Bear),
Kiowa Chief (c.1815-1878)
A.D., the United States is a "virtual" country whose citizens have lived for sixty years under millions of family-sized
domes, hermetically sealed with no windows and no access to The Outside where the rest of the world faces virus pandemics,
riots inspired by world-wide economic chaos, and terrorists killing millions with nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.
Tom Corant is a U.S. Army sergeant who fights battles all over the world by remotely controlling
armed infantry robots from the safety of his bedroom. Tom is happy with life in the dome he was born into twenty-four years
ago. Tom met, courted, and proposed marriage to Jenny Salem all online via the SuperNet, the high-bandwidth
video communications web that connects the 75 million dome homes that make up the United States of America.
While the betrothed couple is being transported to their own dome to start their life together, they are kidnapped
by a Mexican army patrol roaming the dangerous Outside. Tom and Jenny are rescued by Roving Wolf, a Comanche scout whose people--like
all other Native American Indian nations--were exempted from mandatory doming and who now live free in their native lands
among millions of buffalo in the reconstituted bison herds of the Great Plains.
Wolf is ordered to escort the couple across the desert Southwest where a multi-tribe Native American army is collaborating
with the dome society’s military to repel an imminent invasion by the ambitious military dictator of Mexico. During
their journey, Tom and Jenny are exposed for the first time to Nature and to Freedom. Tom comes to realize that the domes
are prisons and he learns the truth behind the doming of America. Tom vows to free his family, fight against
the system, to expose the government’s lies, and to someday make the Domers understand that the safety offered by dome
life is not worth the price.
"I was born upon the
prairie where the wind blew free, and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where
there were no enclosures, and where everything drew free breath. I want to die there, and not within walls."
(Ten Bears), Comanche