Mention “going green,” and a crusty Texan chiseled from the old rock - Cactus “Rip” Hays - goes postal. Signed, sealed, and delivered to Smart World six years, six months, and six weeks ago, the aging journalist has no choice but to live every day as though it is Earth Day. Still, he delights in giving his captors the devil whenever he can.
Using the black market as his delivery system, he taps the printer’s ink coursing through his veins to foment a revolution among his Old Testament people. These are the hardy Texans subsisting, against Smart World law, in the Great Wilderness.
The Lords of the environmental utopia rule the remaining populace – 50 million brainwashed, docile subjects – who were cajoled, evicted and herded from their own land into sustainable super-skyscrapers during the Green Revolution in the early 21st Century.
Terrorists, who are appeased by the Lords, also plot the downfall of Smart World from within. Their common interests of environmental religion - Gaia instead of God - and socialistic governance are tightly interwoven.
But only one of them can ascend to the penthouses of the new world. Who will prevail? The Lords? The terrorists? Or will it be the Texans, whose roots remain anchored in the land?