A dystopian world on the brink of an apocalypse. Resurrected corpses, branded “Bags” by the Opulent Life Option Corporation (a.k.a. the Company), displace most living workers within a decade of their inception and become the North American Republic’s workforce. The strangling inflation that follows compels the masses to answer the question that the Company’s ubiquitous advertisements ask: “Is a decade of pleasure better than a lifetime of suffering?” Those who answer “yes” by signing the Company’s contract and selling the last decades of their lives for a few opulent years, escape starvation until they are processed into Bags on their “expiration dates.” The rest live a grim existence on the streets where they compete with other uncontracteds for the few resources that are not wanted by the contractees or the wealthy Maestros who own Bags.
The Opulent Life Option Corporation’s existence is threatened when Dr. Kirby, the company’s founder, disappears with the formula for making Bags and fumbles it into the hands of a New York City freelance cop named Leon. Leon must then choose between saving the species from the conflagration sparked by the Company that is consuming humankind or satisfying an obsession to save his wife’s corpse from a nightmarish existence servicing Maestros in a brothel of the dead. Leon burrows under the surface of the Company’s dystopian world in search of a solution and finds that he is part of a mystery involving the military that leads beyond the limits of his reality to a shocking revelation about his wife and himself. On the road to his answer he will find two armies marching toward an apocalyptic war.