Protected from the rising ocean by a fifty-foot sea-wall, the citizens of Promessa don’t notice the growing number of refugees flooding in from sinking islands. Immersed in the augmented illusions of their Fourth Wall lenses, they see more of what they want to see and less of what they don’t.
Profiting from the city's insatiable desire for escapism, Fourth Wall proposes to build a mixed-reality environment based on a cult film. All they need is to persuade Henry Hoo to sign over his image rights.
Desperate to reboot his career, Henry is swept into the immersive world of interactive entertainment. Spellbound by a girl who makes him feel like a fraud, infatuated by the actor who may be taking his job, and haunted by a refugee boy in a makeshift costume, Henry’s sense of self blurs with the film's fictitious Jett Stone.
As a brewing storm fuels the ocean determined to breach the sea wall, Henry soon finds he must fight to regain his identity. If only he could be sure which one was the real him, because the fate of both citizen and refugee alike may depend on it.
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