In this second Marking Time novel, we discover that the public is aware of what is going on behind the walls of reeducation. People know about the cameras and the little black box and they have learned that while they are in reeducation, their every movement is followed and evaluated.Jordan Voss is a startling contrast to other relearners. He refuses to submit to the will of his counselors, instead using his superior intellect to manipulate and overcome them. The counselors, especially program leader Wendell Cummings, are completely unprepared for the challenge they get from Jordan. Soon Jordan has complete control of his program, his counselors, and even the entire building he lives in.No bureaucracy stands contempt forever. Soon, the agency sends reinforcements and Jordan’s very life is on the line.