In the year 2059, climate change, economic uncertainty, and significant debt frequently leads to indentured servitude for individuals. That includes ranchers and farmers. Some of the more daring resort to competing in the AgInnovator, a game show that provides funding for agriculture technology innovations, in hopes of financing the launch of creative agtech solutions without crossing that fine line that will throw them into the indentured ranks.

When AgInnovator introduces a new competitive category, the Superhero, to commemorate their 25th anniversary in 2059, the finalists include ex-husband and wife Ruby Barkley and Gabe Ramirez. Through the competition Ruby and Gabe discover that a malign purpose underlay the causes for their divorce. This shadowy inheritance threatens the future of their son, Brandon, a producer of the Superhero segment of the AgInnovator. In order to save Brandon from being forced into the ranks of the indentured, Gabe has to acknowledge his hidden past as a member of the powerful Martiniere family. He must vie with his cousin Joseph and Joseph’s father Philip for the leadership of the family company, the Martiniere Group.

But he can’t do it without Ruby. Her strength, her bravery, and her own dark past, including their nasty divorce, makes her a powerful ally. Ruby fights hard for those she loves, and her tendency to take in strays in need of help adds to her resources. Her doubts about her ability to function at the high social levels of the Martiniere family operations make her question the degree to which she can help both Gabe and Brandon. Yes, she was once Miss Rodeo Oregon and third runner-up for Miss Rodeo America. But does that make Ruby just a “hick hayseed rodeo queen,” as Philip and Joseph mockingly call her–or does that experience give her the tools to beat the Martinieres at their own games of mind manipulation and control?

Meanwhile, Brandon’s close brush with indentured servitude and his media experience motivates him to work for the abolition of indenture. Along with his beloved Kris, a former indentured, he produces ‘casts exposing the truth of indenture as well as Philip’s schemes, as well as assisting with organizing underground opposition to indenture.

As Ruby, Gabe, and Brandon delve deeper into the secrets of the Martiniere legacy, they discover secrets upon secrets. Not only is Gabe not who he once thought he was, but Philip and Joseph have condoned interdicted human experimentation on indentured workers. Indentured workers are being held beyond the expiration of their contracts, not just in the Martiniere Group, but in other companies. And now a new class of indentured workers appears with significant body modifications and programmable loyalties. They aren’t quite cyborgs…but how far away from being cyborgs are they?

Ruby and Gabe find allies within the family who have been outraged by Philip’s actions for years, but have been unable to do much about them due to the arcane and centuries-old structures of the Martiniere Group and the many factions within the Martinieres. If Gabe, Ruby, and Brandon can unify the family, they can get rid of Philip. But at what cost to each of them?

Read more about Inheritance here.

Read more about Ascendant here.

Read more about Realization here.

Sign up here for monthly newsletter updates.