Kagame pursues step one of his new agenda - win the intellectuals and the grass roots dissenters. The Liber8 freedom fighters actively support and encourage violent protests, using present-day anarchists to riot outside the company headquarters of a major corporation, Exotrol. During the protest, the CEO of Exotrol, Henrietta Sherman, is kidnapped by Liber8. Kiera suspects Liber8 was behind the violence at the protest, to provide cover for the kidnapping. A video of Sherman is soon on the Internet and her kidnappers demands, for $20 million in cash, is revealed. Kagame decides to put the decision to kill or free her to an Internet vote - confirming to Kiera that Liber8 have changed their tactics and are trying to get the public on their side by getting them to vote whether she lives or dies and to expose the truth. Kiera and Carlos race a literal ticking clock in order to save Sherman from the public's wrath. It later turns out that someone inside Exotrol may be working with Liber8. While Kiera is away, Kellog breaks into her apartment and steals the piece of the time travel device. Alec faces his own dilemma when he realizes that his step-brother, Julian, is one of the violent protesters.