In post-NK3 Los Angeles, a 60-foot-tall fence surrounds the hills where the rich used to live, but the mansions have been taken over by those with the only power that matters: the power of memory. Life for the community inside the Fence is a perpetual party. Outside the Fence the Verified use an invented mythology to control the mindless and nameless who serve the gift economy until no longer needed. The ruler takes his guidance from gigantic effigies of a man and a woman in the heart of the Fence. They warn him of trouble to come. Many threaten to upset the delicate power balance in this fragile world.