What makes a nation believe a lie?
That’s the question Stephenson has been trying answer ever since the 1938 Orson Welles scare convinced millions of Americans that the world was ending.
Strangely when the scientific community released its study on the phenomenon they said it would never happen again.
But they were wrong.
After the third incident of a media broadcast led to the panic of millions they gave it a name; a Sky Fall Event.
As Stephenson works to stop these events from ever happening again, another group has realized their potential for wealth and power.
If they can cause mass hysteria they know where local stock market will crash. If they can evacuate cities with widespread panic, they can sell the weapon to the highest bidding government.
In 1988 one of the worst Event