A genius dropout who works in a 24-hour market develops insomnia because of his schedule.
He just can't sleep.
Random strangers seem oddly interested in helping him sleep.
The fitful bits of sleep he gets resound with strange dreams.
He pieces together the pieces and realizes the truth.
A secret agency has invaded our dreams.
When we fall asleep, our brain's power to dream is being used as a distributed supercomputer. A single brain's power outstrips that of the fastest supercomputer, so this agency is using all our brains together.
Seemingly innocuous TV shows and advertisements program us with the information we need to process while we sleep.
Electrical circuits in everyday appliances--like cell phones--monitor our dreams and upload the results to the secret intelligence agency.
Our clerk hero has to find out who's behind it, what it's for, and, if need be, to smash the whole operation.
--E. R. O'Neill