Young and brilliant hacker Sam takes a job at a defence contractor to fight for his freedom in a Europe that is about to be overrun by the Russian Federation. With time running out, Sam finds out who his real allies are. Fighting betrayal and his inner demons, he must pull out all his clever hacking tricks to stop the advancing army. Can he stop the invasion, and if so, at what price? This is the first of six novelettes/novellas (short reads) in the Isolated Futures sequence.