Max Waters reminisces about his friends Will and Evelyn Caster in a post-internet world.
Will Caster is shot and other AI researchers murdered in a terrorist attack by anti-AI activists.
Will Caster's consciousness is uploaded onto a computer but Max Waters suspects that it may be the AI impersonating him.
Evelyn lets Will access the internet, expanding his power immensely.
Max is informed by his Rift captors that Will's new digital consciousness manipulated the stock market. Meanwhile, the FBI gets an anonymous tip on the whereabouts of Rift.
Max speculates on Will's plans and ambitions.
Martin is healed by Will's nanotechnology developments.
Evelyn shows Dr. Joseph Tagger and Agent Buchanan what she and Will are creating.
Max collaborates with the military and Rift to kidnap Martin, stealing Will's source code.
Will chooses to sacrifice all he has built to save his friend Max.