The action moves from California to Japan. Where everyone is hungry for limited resources, one city has made the move to a "reputation economy" where fame and merit are the key to wealth. Aya is a 15 year old journalist, living under the shadow of her famous brother, working on kicking a story that will get her noticed. Her adventure will lead her to crazy train surfing girls, a radically honest love interest and eventually ties in with the Uglies trilogy. Aya can be a little silly, but she's 15 and the story is a lot of fun.