On a planet cursed with endless storms, a city thrives inside The Machine. The Machine is all encompassing. The Machine has always been.
Ballard is a furnace operator inside The Machine. Ballard has a marital problem.
Deininger has some great ideas with this semi-dystopian world. He is very descriptive. You can taste the grit and feel the pains of the workers. But, I thought the story was just okay. He got a little more atmospheric than I normally appreciate.