Note: The online version of the story spans 11 chapters. The book features an additional 110 pages of material.
It is 2011 and U.S. President John McCain is aggressively pursuing the War on Terror (while taking Prozac). The best-selling video game is the terrorist-simulator Infidel Massacre: Los Angeles. Brooklyn-based blogger Jimmy Burns has just gotten his new Samsung MMXI video camera and is taking it for a test drive for his vlog. While standing outside of a Starbucks explaining his views and complaints about eminent domain, a bomb inside the coffee shop detonates. Burns is blown twenty feet away. After he recovers he goes to help others affected by the blast. An employee of Global News, a controversial network which shows graphic violence, sees his vlog and almost instantly gets it placed on television. Burns becomes an instant media sensation, and the next thing he knows he's on a Black Hawk helicopter inbound for Baghdad, working for the same mainstream media conglomerate he hates. In Iraq, Burns encounters ratings-obsessed superiors, Special Ops troops, and charismatic tech-savvy jihadists -- all vying to use Burns for their own ends.