SummaryFifteen-year-old Kevin Hebers scientist father, Eric, has founded a company
to develop and exploit a unique "Direct Neural Coupled" (DNC) technology
that makes ii possible to experience the illusion of actually being an
insect-size robot. The commercial possibilities for exploring and manipulating
the world at the miniature scale are immense; also, Kevin has a best friend,
Taki, whose uncle is interested in developing a backyard game that the boys
have invented into a totally new form of entertainment attraction. The terms
he is willing to offer could make Kevin and Taki millionaires before they are
However, others have envious designs on the potential thats at stake,
too--in particular, Martin Payne, president of Microbotics, the corporation
that Eric once worked for, who turned down the option of going with DNC. In
the course of trying to trace one of their "micromecs" that has gone
missing, Kevin and Taki discover that Kevins stepmother, Vanessa, is in
league with Payne. They have to turn to others for help, and this leads to the
uncovering of a sinister plot involving a micro-robot assassin to murder Eric,
disinherit Kevin, and take control of Erics company and its patents.
But the authorities cant act without proof, and so the characters take
it upon themselves to concoct a bizarre scheme using remote-operated mecs as
espionage agents to enter a hostile lawyers office and extract the evidence.
This, of course, goes wrong, and things develop into a series of hastily improvised
actions in which the miniature robots battle the mechanical assassin bug thats
trying to get to Eric, travel miles to extricate Kevin from a situation of being
"trapped" in a neural coupler that cant be deactivated, and
finally disabling and then sinking a luxury yacht in which Vanessa, Payne, and
their cohorts are attempting to escape.
And the title? Its what Kevin and Taki call their lakeside adventure
park behind Kevins house. My agent used the term jokingly in a letter,
I adopted it as the working label, everybody seemed to like it, and it just
kind of stuck.