Following Meltdown, Vanda M Denton, is presented in a multiple narrative style. It features a dystopian atmosphere in the wake of global pandemics including one started by the fad of keeping Congo rats for pets. Psychological aspects include violent reactions to abuse.
The vet, Gabriel Harrison, who has been conscripted into teaching in his local High School, finally decides to opt out of a society growing in violence in defiance of stringent laws and constant surveillance. In spite of his reluctance to help others a small group, on realising his ability to survive by bushcraft, join him.
Unanticipated consequences push him into a position of becoming aware of an insane individual behind the current global suffering and leads to the formation of the World Liberation Army: something of a coup in psychological manipulation.