Lena, a member of a magnacycle racing team, has been facing pressure from her team members to transfer to a synthetic cell if she wants to assume operator duties. Due to the fragility of the human body, the Zarminian racing league requires all teams to submit a costly insurance deposit for any team that opts to race with a human operator.
A substantial loss in the final annual racing event on the Duskrider has resulted in financial instability for Lena and her team. She realizes that for the team to survive, their team manager, Zedd, must rescind his promise to promote her to operator. Unless she transfers, Lena assumes Zedd will hire a synthetic operator in her place.
Reluctant to transfer to a synthetic cell, Lena believes that she would do nearly anything to retain her human body and also become operator of her team. Just when it seems hopeless, she meets Jael, who offers her a high-paying, yet peculiar job.