Bethany, Nov 2004, 12.99
CypherQuanta is in fiscal trouble as a key customer has unethically used a clause in their contract to renege on an agreement. CEO Grant O'Connell turns to biophysicist Rachel Meyers and software quantum engineer Dillon Richard to save the firm. Rachel has developed a ten-thousand qubits process that makes cyber privacy a sure shot if Dillon can come up with the hardware.
As they work together, the NSA tries to stop them insisting current cyber privacy is adequate; Rachel believes they are blowing smoke as the NSA probably has access to break through any firewall. Her process would make it virtually impossible. As Rachel finds Dillon attractive, he is pulled on two paths. He admires Rachel as his seemingly intellectual equal but he loves financial officer Keryn Wills.
Rachel is an idealist who believes that without privacy there is no freedom (Big Brother is watching through the net); Keryn knows she cannot match electron power with Rachel, but believes attraction will bond her with Dillon while cat fighting with her rival.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner