Like many who have played Roulette and fallen into a state of profound dimensionaldysphoria, Mara chooses to undergo a cutting-edge body-modification surgery, which by changing the very structure of her face promises to give her a language for expressing the inexpressible. And so she joins a growing subculture: the Ruga, who thanks to the surgery can communicate with each other through infinite permutations of facial colorations and wrinkles. Among themselves, the Ruga can express with satisfying clarity the way they now experience the world—with the side effect that they are increasingly cut off from the rest of humanity.But Mara still wants to communicate her experience to the non-Ruga people whomatter most to her, especially her boyfriend, Arlo. As she feels him slipping away, sheundertakes radical changes in her life in order to hold on. It is through her struggle toremain connected to him that she at last discovers a way to adapt, living with a divergent psyche in a linear world.
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