"You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilization from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass. A touch here, a push there, and you bring back the reign of Saturn."
As of 2281, the stretch of west Texas known as the Permian Basin represents the greatest hope of reclaiming Texas from the ravages of banditry, mutation, and super-science run amok. A string of stable city-states and townships has formed, on and about the remains of I-10, I-20, and I-27. Some just see convenient way-stops and trade lanes, others look at the potential of the Permian Basin and see its communities as flies struggling on a web.