After a massive wave of crimes caused by a suspected fault in the processors during the Incident, the republicans are afraid. The pressure has resulted in the democratic elections for the new president being brought forward. Those chosen to take part in The Selection, one for each business city, are the best young people in the Republic. It is an honour to be picked as one of the ten candidates. That is, for everyone except Solo.
A dystopia in the tradition of Asimov and Orwell in which the power of machines clashes with human emotions.