It's all fun and games til somebody hacks the game, locks you in, camps your spawn-point, and makes you their slave.
Gideon's a sad man. Middle-aged, over-educated and under-achieving, he's just lost his job and he's looking for some way to cope with the looming midlife crisis. When he sees his chance to connect with his kid-sister in the bleeding edge VRMMORPG Hero Online, he jumps at it. But all's not well in this game, as he very quickly finds out.
Before long he's fallen prey to a group of malicious players who aren't above PKs and even enslaving other players to get what they want. And that's just the beginning. Before they've finished with him, he's a broken man, ready to be done with Hero Online forever. There's just one problem with that: he's stuck inside. Forced to face a possible eternity in VR, he gears up and gets ready to do the only thing he can do: