Michael tried to stop a girl named Tanya from committing suicide in the game by destroying her core, which keeps her brain safe. However, he is unable to stop her and she jumps, causing Michael to fall with her. He wakes up from the game and after a bit goes to his friends Sarah and Bryson to talk.
After talking with his online friends for a while, Michael goes to sleep. The next morning, he heads to school but is suddenly kidnapped by masked men. They bring him to someone named Agent Weber who works for the VNS. There, Agent Weber tells Michael that she wants him to catch Kaine for them.