The final match of the pre-season for the RAGE tournaments, it is a virtual reality tournament based off of the original roman gladiators with a slightly modern twist. Kali Ling is the only person left on her team, Defiance, and is going against a man on the opposing team, InvictUS. At the end of the match Kali is defeated and killed.
A few days later, Kali finds one of her teammates, Nathan, dead in his room, due to a drug overdose.
Kali had eventually lost control over her emotions and she had become addicted to being in the virtual reality world, and HP, which is a special drug that is supposed to make you feel like you're still in the virtual world. She was slowly loosing her grip on reality,
It was only a few days that Nathan had died that they had gotten their new teammate, James Rooke. Kali was also named the new team captain, and the first female captain in the history of the VGL.
Kali started to sober up, and started gaining control over her life. She was training hard, and having the team train just as hard to be prepared for the final match up with their biggest rival, InvictUS.