Miles Boone is finally an adult and able to roll up his permanent character. He will join the Game that the world has become. Most of the planet is now dominated by feral AIs and nano who behave as all the monsters of man's imagination. Every adult left alive plays, striving to keep the the AI and nano from wiping us out completely. Success in the Game is survival itself. Success in the Game is success in life. If only the game wasn't rigged against anyone who isn't a member of the Party.
A desperate bid to get the same chance at success in the game as Party members lands him at the mercy of his family's enemies. Now his freedom and life rest on winning a bet. Lose and he will grind the rest of his life in the beginner's area for the Eastman clan. He will need all the luck he can get. Too bad his enemies have broken his character and gotten rid of his luck stat. How do you play a game without any luck?
Miles is going to have to outplay and outsmart his family's enemies, corrupt GameMasters, the Party, and of course the game itself. Life is a game. His father always told him, win or lose, it's how you play that matters. Now he is praying his father knew what he was talking about.