Twenty-five years after an unspecified cataclysm known as "The Reset", tech company Vopo Technologies rebuilds society in City Six. Although Vopo has access to modern technology, which they use to maintain control, the people scavenge for 1980s-era parts. Simon, a computer technician, learns his best friend, Eric, has committed suicide. At the funeral, he observes Max. Max later sells scavenged computer parts to a shop where Simon works. Though Max brushes off Simon's attempts to make conversation, he later comes back to request aid in decoding an encrypted message Eric sent him. Max is disappointed to learn that Simon has quit his job to work for Vopo, as he believes Vopo to be untrustworthy.