Welcome to the territory. Leave your metal behind, all of it. The bugs will eat it, and theyíll go right through you to get itÖDonít carry it, donít wear it, and for godís sake donít come here if youíve got a pacemaker.|
The bugs showed up about fifty years ago--self-replicating, solar-powered, metal-eating machines. No one knows where they came from. They donít like water, though, so theyíve stayed in the desert Southwest. The territory. People still live here, but they do it without metal. Log cabins, ceramics, what plastic they can get that will survive the sun and heat. Technology has adapted, and so have the people.
Kimble Monroe has chosen to live in the territory. He was born here, and he is extraordinarily well adapted to it. Heís one in a million. Maybe one in a billion.