On her way to Chicago in search of her father, Angela gets detained by the police in Ohio who think that her laptop computer is a bomb. She befriends a cellmate who helps her escape the clutches of the Praetorians. The public defender assigned to Angela doubts her story until Trelawney catches up with him.
Angela stages her death in an attempt to regain her identity and freedom from the Praetorians. She takes residence at the university where her father was a professor. There she meets Kyle, an aspiring law student. When Kyle's uncle, who is a judge, is falsely accused of child pornography over the internet, Angela helps out.
While working as a barmaid, Angela befriends the owner and becomes friends with him and his wife, who are an interracial couple. When Eric is murdered, Angela finds out they were policemen. Wanting not to get involved due to trying to protect herself from discovery by the Praetorians, Angela is torn between helping the widow and protecting herself.