Dr. Jeffrey Sorin discovers a means of destroying cancer through the use of a bacteria-nanobot hybrid, a self-replicating organic machine which may be remote controlled, directed to the specific site of cancerous cells. It works, surprisingly well.
Sorin BioTech rises as a super power among North American and then world corporations at a time when the U.S. economy has completely failed and States have seceded from the Union.
Sorin BioTech becomes a safe haven, an economic sanctuary for the brightest and the best, entirely enclosed in a 1x1x1 mile pyramid.
As Dr. Sorin claims his work is guided by the hand of God, his work in medicine takes on a new level of importance. His clients become followers, asking him to lead.
Under the influence of Dr. Sorin, Arizona moves to secede from the Union and become an independent nation-state, granting Dr. Sorin nearly unlimited power without check and balance.
The Phoenix metropolitan area falls to rule by street gangs.
Dr. Sorin turns a blind eye to—some say encourages gang rule in order to reinforce the need for his save haven.
Fear of the streets coupled with belief that God is guiding Dr. Sorin, drives people (even those who are not his patients) to want to be a part of the Sorin empire, to live within the Pyramid. A tent city grows to more than ten thousand outside the base of the Pyramid, making entry by road nearly impossible.
During the course of Monitor Gray, we (audience) see that Dr. Sorin has been experimenting with a means by which the emotional demeanor of individuals may be controlled to a certain degree. Sorin BioTech promotes this as the cure for depression, which after cancer’s demise is the number one disease worldwide.
The mood changing technology is applied to military combatants to dispel fear, to field laborers in order to maintain a relatively content state of mind even in harsh working conditions, and to the inhabitants of Sorin Biotech’s Pyramid to create a caste system. Those at the top come to enjoy a lavish lifestyle unlike anything the world has seen since the Roman Empire.