(From the introduction of the book)
You've been screwed and you're not sure who did it.
Life is tough, but you've managed to scrounge together a bunch of usefull acquaintances. They ain't friends, more allies of convenience. You've all been screwed for different reasons; but something links you all together.
Even tough you've been royally fucked over. You've still got your skills and a special edge that sets you apart from the rest of the soulles drones who live their lives as slaves to the corporations and the governement.
... and their are still people around who will pay for you're abilities.
Now to make a bit of money, get a bit of payback... and reclaim that destinity that others don't want you to achieve.