120 pages (paperback)Honor students on academic scholarships, Basil and Emily accept the responsibility to tutor the irascible Hedgeny, the University’s top athlete and hope for national renown. Administrators are relieved when they become The Mighty Three. Hedgeny is behaving himself and, for the first time, achieving passing grades. Basil and Emily enjoy tastes of the limelight in the company of bad boy, Hedgeny.
Basil is in love with Emily. Shy and reserved, he is sure he’s no match for their friend, the Adonis. He leaves them one afternoon, determined to fade quietly into the background, soon finds out that something terrible has occurred. Emily is in a coma and no one knows why. Hedgeny was last with her and Hedgeny isn’t talking. He is back to his old self, running for touchdowns and courting mayhem.
Enter the Cranial Loop, a controversial procedure in its infancy, the doctors’ hope to touch those sleeping, incite their brains to wakefulness. A psyche student, Basil assists in the procedures. He is determined to bring Emily back from that dark place and frantic to discover what caused her to go there.