It is the year 2036 and the world is in ruins. The United States of America, in particular, is one of those once-great countries that have fallen off the rails. Their army now fights for Indian & Japanses paymasters, the population that is left is increasingly turning to drugs to drown the pain. Flashback is the drug most use to numb themselves, it allows users to revisit any one of their memories, to relive a former life of happiness.
Nick Bottom is an addict. He is also an ex-policeman. Before his wife died in a car crash he was a pretty good cop. But then grief took him, and now he spends all the time he can using flashback to live his happily married days over. Never mind that he has a sixteen year old son who needs him. His addiction gor him kicked off the force. Got him abandoning his son to the care of his grandfather. But now one of the powerful Japanese billionaires who run America has taken an interest in Nick, he wants Nick to reopen an old investigation.