A socialist dictatorship wishes to stage a fake election that will fool people into believing that the populace of Corteguay actually prefers the dictatorship over democracy. It imprisons a political candidate and his family in an underground cell in a fake water pumping station. Using the virtual reality of computers, it tries to brainwash the family into telling the world that the imaginary election campaign was real. One of the members of the family is a Net Force Explorer, Julio Cortez, and his life immersed in computer simulations gives him an edge over his captors that no one, not even the Americans, suspect. In virtual reality, he is a star aircraft pilot, and in The Ultimate Escape, he flies to his friends thousands of miles away in a quest for help before he and his family are used and then murdered.