Life on the streets of Lima is already difficult for Julio, but now that digital money has replaced hard currency, survival is virtually impossible. Isak comes to his rescue and offers him a chance at a better life through a hi-tech humanitarian program. The only catch is a microchip implanted between the thumb and forefinger of the hand. At first life improves dramatically, but when another participant dies mysteriously, Julio suspects that the chip does more than just dispense charity. Now he must uncover the truth behind the charity chip before someone else suffers the same fate.
Isak held up his left hand and ran his finger along the space between his thumb and forefinger.
“This area of the hand has just enough room to house the chip I designed for the program. It allows the participants access to the Caritas facility and also serves as an individualized money chip. It has been affectionately dubbed the charity chip.”
Julio, a fourteen-year-old orphan, has spent years doing whatever it takes to survive on the streets. When he meets Isak Blixt, the creator of the Charity Chip program, he thinks his problems are over. The program provides needy children with food, schooling, clothes, everything—for free!
But Julio soon discovers that nothing comes without a price. And the truth about the charity chip is anything but charitable.
This fast-paced mystery is full of twists and turns that will keep you hooked until the very last page.