Its been a year and a half since fsociety executed their hack to save the world from itself. The mountainous debts owed by people who had no means to pay have been relieved. The people who created these debts for them have been repaid with the fall of their companies because of lack of money. People have rallied around the vigilantly hacker team, agreed with their cause and have started protests in their name; everything went as planned.
Elliot had returned to some version of normalcy, though his life was never normal.
A new girl has moved into Shayla's old apartment. She's different from the people who lived there before her and vastly different from anyone who lived in the building before. Like Elliot, she keeps to herself and hardly leaves her apartment but other than that she seem rather normal. As time passes Elliot does what he does best, he hacks. But its more of the same. He wonders why she moved there, why she spends so much time in her apartment but it is not until he gets to know her that things fall in to place.