In 2050, when the Federal government commits to a mass ejection of all illegal residents to reduce overpopulation and quell civil unrest, a research organization called the SYLK Institute devises a means to eliminate those illegal residents that refuse deportation. Under the veil of the opportunity to become US Citizens by completing a five-year period of service to an infrastructure development effort called the Harvestmen Candidate Program, these illegal residents actually become live training aids for a covert military training replacement program codenamed SPYDER SYLK. Enter Nathaniel Dixon, a man made prisoner to the SYLK Institute for his father’s endangerment of a Veteran treatment program the organization ran two decades prior, who becomes the unfortunate guinea pig for SPYDER SYLK. As the lynchpin of the program, Nathaniel undergoes a yearlong transformation into a synthesized weapon called a SPYDER, under the care of Doctor Robert Wulfrom – the same man who imprisoned him for twenty years. Enabled by a neural implant called Trapdoor, Nathaniel slowly melds the synthetic capabilities of the implant with his body, through carefully designed training scenarios that use live Harvestmen to elicit lethal responses by projecting nonlethal force on the SPYDER. As the transformation progresses, Nathaniel systematically surrenders his memories for complete neural implant control, and begins to demonstrate the utility of the program with staggering efficiency. However, when a saboteur with direct access to the delicate hardware of SPYDER SYLK compromises the integrity of the concept, the program begins to unravel. When failure appears imminent, the SYLK Institute cadre commits to drastic measures to ensure the delivery of a SPYDER to the Federal government within the promised time.