These thirteen strange stories will transport you into worlds both unique and horrifyingly familiar. They range from a disco fairytale to a dystopian immigration office in space. What binds these horrors together is a humanity desperately seeking hope, only to find a seemingly endless pit of cruelty. If it is not man being cruel to his fellow man then it is man's cruelty toward the natural world that brings to life vengeful and forgotten monsters.
The red LCD display quickly counts down. There is no time to waste. The polluting, resource-degrading plant is set to explode. Eco-heroine Inez Wick has only minutes to escape. As she traverses the dark recesses of the dirty plant, she flashes back to a younger self, sixteen. Her father had just died in an oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, and she had just broken up with her boyfriend. She remembers oily ocean water and flames, her footprints in the sand filling with black water. Flames were chasing her. They were jumping from one oily footprint to the next, up the beach after her. Snapping back to the present, she must get out of the plant. The exploits of Inez Wick could not end, just now. Too many others needed to pay.