After seeing the horrors of war in Sarajevo, Lt. Thomas F. Hobbes is ready to settle down with his fiancé, Sophie. However the military has on last assignment for him, to test out Harsh Realm, a virtual reality created by the military for combat training.
However once inside Harsh Realm, Hobbes soon finds himself fighting for his life, struggling to understand what is real and what is not. He forms an alliance with another soldier, Mike Pinocchio, who is uninterested in helping this new recruit. But a mysterious woman named Florence believes that Hobbes is to be Harsh Realm's savior and will deliver the virtual characters from the oppressive reins of Omar Santiago, the military dictator who rules over Harsh Realm.
Hobbes realises that the only way to escape Harsh Realm is to beat the highest scoring player, Santiago, who is unwilling to give up his kingdom. Hobbes's mission now is to escape Harsh Realm by any means necessary, and to return home to his fiancé.moreless