Annie is overeducated and underpaid. She sleeps in fitful spurts dreaming of an altered world populated by drone-like slaves and gangly masters. Her dreams leave her panicked and ragged as if she hadn’t slept at all. Is there a barely audible voice buzzing in the background hum? Or is the sleep deprivation driving her to delusions?
When a computer virus spreads across email, social networking, and phone texts, people begin exhibiting the drone-like behavior from her dream. Who can she trust? Can she learn to distinguish what is real from the background noise, or will she become just another drone?