My life changed forever the moment I stole a life-saving medicine to cure my mom's otherwise terminal cancer. There was never really a chance that my Mega-Corp employer wouldn't catch me. I was convicted before they even kicked in our door, but my mom was cured. That made it all worth it.
Now I'm not Zachary, "Zee", Jones anymore, I'm Inmate 81348. My only chance at getting out of jail again is to sign up for the "Inmate Gamer Release Program". OzCo, the Mega-Corp that runs the entire Justice system now, will get to use my brain to mine crypto-currency, Crypts, for my restitution and profits. While they do that, I'll be playing the Game, a fully immersive virtual reality world, jacked into my brain. If I play well, I'll be out in 5-8 years, instead of the 20 I'd have in store by serving "hard time" IRL.
Wish me luck.