The first of the tales sees us following the life of cyborg Izobel – one-time soldier, now sex-bot and soon to be assassin. While that may be a fairly wild transition to consider the post-apocalyptic surrounds and the gritty realism that seems to seep in through the writing made it instantly likable.
While we initially see Izobel atop a skyscraper prepping for her next target we’re soon taken back to her seedy days in the sex district where the will to survive over-shadows any dignity that she, or the other girls selling their body, had once clung to. Her latest trick turns sour as she gets tazered and has to fend of the attacker as he tries to incapacitate her and strip her for parts. Her friend Leift fixes her up and watches over her while she reboots and she makes a trade with Izobel that helps them both out. A deal with the man in charge down at the supply docks see Izobel take on a new role as enforcer and protector of the cargo in the docks made up of food and other imported goods that have far more value than the the lives of the needy in the city. A series of close encounters and a hit gone wrong leaves Izobel’s world upside down as her employer and friends become the next casualties in the turf wars of the city
This all leaves Izobel alone but her army training and recent work at the docks has earned her a reputation that leads to more assassin work and an escape from the seedier side of the city.