In 2026, after the death of his wife, Robert Oliver returns from France to England in search of his estranged daughter. He discovers a Britain plagued by international issues. The aftermath of a war with Iran and recriminations from Middle Eastern states resulting in crippling trade restrictions have led to economic collapse. There is a great deal of internal conflict as a result of huge unemployment, severe reductions in services, and a society divided by ethnic, religious and other special interests, reflecting the needs of each majority at a local level. Behind this experiment in democracy, comes a vicious new policing system, harsh restrictions on people’s basic freedoms and a sophisticated network of amateur spies known as ‘Harkers’. As he was unable to renew his passport before leaving France, Robert Oliver, now a ‘Paperless Vagrant’, finds himself hunted by the much-feared ‘CLIP’ as he travels across a country suffering untold hardships, a country no longer at peace with itself, a country he once loved very much but no longer recognises.
Keywords: politic, human rights, conflict, freedom, religion, police, immigration, security, discord, England, prison, secret service, future, fundamentalism, government, war, law, UK, 2026, black humour, survival, euthanasia, America, Middle East, taser, camera, wisdom, heroism, Iran, Iraq, AUK