To forget the uncertain future, the citizens of the coastal city of Shibido immerse themselves in the Maya Lenz—an augmented reality contact lens that hides what they don’t want to see. Even when rising seas force an islander tribe to take up residence by Shibido’s sea wall, it’s months before the refugees are noticed—and even then, the Lenz makes them easy to forget.
Struggling Actor Yoshi Goto sees the refugees, though, and he fears becoming just as invisible—he hasn’t had a decent role in a year. If only he could afford a Lenz, then he could focus on his reinvention and forget about the sea coming for them all.
So when Maya offer Yoshi a Lenz and a role in their next mixed-reality project, he’s all in. But the deeper he’s immersed in the Lenz’s illusions, the more a magnetic stranger named Kai challenges him to see more. The last thing his re-invention needs, however, is an inconvenient awareness or an impossible romance.
But something even more magical than the Lenz, and more profound than love, is demanding Yoshi rise to his most challenging role—to be someone real in a world of uncertainty.