That's only the backdrop for a series of events that reveal why Evan did what he did, and why Ben feels so trapped in his life, strapped financially and underemployed in a dead-end job with debts and responsibilities he can never seem to conquer. There's no fight left in Ben - only defeat - at the point when Evan dies; but somehow this event sparks a bit of life in Ben. As he begins to uncover what really happened to Evan and Rosie, he begins to piece together the broken parts of his own life.
From augmented reality, Deep Web programs and intrigue to hidden links between data, relationships, and those who manipulate both, Ben finds himself in a strange new world of suspicious activity and dangerous implications. Good motivations gone wrong place both Ben and his father directly in the line of fire. Social networking experiments gone awry lead directly to life-altering circumstances that bring with them the possibility of closure and the discovery of a special brand of motive and revenge.
In many ways, Marshland is a quintessential story of marriage, friendships, survival, and choices good and bad. But as members of the old gang drift back together and learn new things, each is not just affected by but is ultimately transformed through events that follow. As the nightmare evolves and immerses Ben, his father, and other characters, the story becomes a gripping saga of greed and vengeance, political processes, and the intrusion of computer and social systems on individual lives.
Readers who enjoy stories of data manipulation, social and political confrontation, intrigue, and friendship challenges will relish a scenario where all these elements and more build to an unpredictable crescendo, keeping them thoroughly immersed until the truth is finally revealed.