following the energy crisis of the late twentieth-century america has been abandoned. now, a century later, a small group of european explorers returns to the deserted continent. but america is unrecognisable - the bering strait has been dammed and the whole continent has become a desert, populated by isolated natives and the bizarre remnants of a disintegrated culture. the expedition sets off from manhattan on a cross-continent journey, through holiday inns and abandoned theme parks. they will uncover a shocking new power in the heart of las vegas in this unique vision of our world transformed.