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In a dystopian future of mounting sea levels, the rich have access to a rejuvenating vaccine that can allow lifespans of hundreds of years. A young man named Riel arrives in the urban metropolis of Montreal and meets a young woman, Neve, who is allied with rebel insurgents (the "Bastards of God") fighting the corporate powers that control the city and the vaccine.
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Riel follows Neve into the rebel ranks just as the security forces of the city begin their murderous search for the mysterious Gana.
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Gana raids the headquarters of Juvex Corp even as the Bastards of God, under mounting pressure from the police, fall into infighting and take hostages--amongst them Neve.
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Riel learns to his horror that the police have decided to solve the hostage standoff with extreme prejudice: no traces, no witnesses, no rebels, no hostages . . . and Gana finds that mercenaries hired by Juvex Corp are closing in on her.
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The radical new leader of the Bastards of God threatens to execute a hostage every hour if his demands are not met, Neve tries to escape from her captors, and Riel searches desperately for a solution.
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In the finale to Ab Irato, Riel tries to save Neve even as Gana's final confrontation with the CEO of Juvex comes to its bloody conclusion, and a city pushed to the brink by rage and anger threatens to implode.
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In the dystopian future of 2111 and a world of mounting sea levels, the wealthiest fraction of the population has access to a rejuvenating vaccine that can allow lifespans of hundreds of years. A young man named Riel flees the bleak life of the drowning countryside for the urban metropolis of Montreal; there he meets a young woman named Neve, and falls in love, but he also discovers that the city is full of dangers, including rebel insurgents (the "Bastards of God") who are fighting the corporate powers that control everything, demanding equal access for all to the miracle elixirs that can prolong life. Amongst the rebels is a young woman with unusual and mysterious powers, Gana, who is aiming to assassinate the CEO of Juvex, the company that produces the vaccine. As the story spirals into violence and the city into civil war, Neve is taken hostage by the rebels, Gana gets closer to her target, and their investigations begin to reveal that the vaccine may not be everything it's cracked up to be . . .
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It's a long, hard road toward recovery.   In the aftermath of The Event, Valentina "Val" Resnick-Baker, the sole survivor of The Event space mission, is now haunted by the loss of her teammates and her girlfriend Kay. Val also discovers her survival had the shocking side effect of bestowing her with superpowers. While the rest of the world begins to move on, Val finds she still has a long road ahead of her. 
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After saving Fiona from the hands of mercenaries and beginning to heal from the loss of her team and her girlfriend Kay, Val has begun teaching at MIT. Val gets better acquainted with J.B.'s team of young up-and-comers who also attend MIT and are eager to learn more about Val's powers, but Val is less eager about being a "superhero." But when a giant robot strikes the campus, well, what's a genius scientist with superpowers to do?  
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Settling into life after The Event and saving Fiona Singh from the hands of actual murderous mercenaries is harder than former astronaut Valentina "Val" Resnick-Baker thought it would be. With the public eye now on her, Val finds herself the topic of far too many conversations that she didn't sign up for. Worse still, there's someone out there testing Val's enhanced abilities and putting innocent people in the cross fire. Looks like normalcy will have to wait a while.
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