Everything was wonderful in Normtown for Troy Whiteman. After Universal Basic Income passed, subscribers of Normtown paid for the privilege of pretending to work. The copy machine never ran out of paper, the conference rooms were stocked with mini-muffins, and nobody ever complained about their made-up jobs. Then his wife, Helen, left without a reason and Troy was forced into an odyssey across the weird world of post-UBI America. From Christain cults to incel nests, Troy nearly dies trying to find his wife and understand why she left.
Life isn't easy for Melaney, a black women written by a white man. Melaney tried to make Normtown work. But life in a town where normal really means white was exhausting. As she traveled across America in the years after Universal Basic Income passed, she finds that home and identity are never far apart.