A new virtual wonderland provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose any identity, vanish into a dizzying array of online realms and indulge your every whim. The Nether promises complete freedom. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment that blurs the boundaries between personal liberty and moral chaos, she triggers a dark battle over technology and human desire. Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the darkest corners of imagination and the consequences of living out our most private dreams.