Called to unravel the contortionist horror of Rope’s victims, Bone finds their mods removed, the only clue to their identities a tattooed tag on each body. As he delves deeper into the mystery of these nameless bodies, he realises they are an encoded message aimed at him.
Persuaded by City Officer Stark, he enters the labyrinth of the sewers, chasing Stark’s primary suspect; semi-mythical Man-Machine Burneo. It leads Bone to an unsettling encounter and a gut-churning discovery, a gift that confirms he is the focus of Rope’s game. Shell-shocked, Bone runs to his familiar haven, a bar, where he meets the enigmatic Lever and witnesses her perform an act so inhuman his mind cracks.
He becomes fixated on her, on change. Embarks on his own mission of discovery to the Zone, the centre of modification in his home city, The Spires. There, he learns things about himself, and the world he thinks he knows that test his sanity to its limit. He chases Lever’s trail from tattoo parlour to Zone sanctuary, oblivious to the coils closing in around him as he runs blindly toward a confrontation that may cost him everything he is.