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In a dystopian near-future, the largest business in the history of mankind, Jeffers Corporation, controls the United States. The corporation and its leader, Mr. Jeffers, got that way thanks to their strict philosophy of mindless productivity. Jeffers teaches that productivity equals happiness, and the business logo, a middle finger, is the standard greeting in society.
George Washington Winsterhammerman, descendant of George Washington, is a Level Three employee at the Jeffers Corporation. He has an emotionally distant wife and a son who never leaves his room.
George is told one morning that one of his coworkers has literally exploded. That night the news announced that over 100,000 other people have also done so. They state that the victims of the explosions "suffered from dreams." He visits a number of doctors and reveals that he has also been suffering from dreams and is afraid he is going to explode. The doctor tells him that, though they do not yet know the connection between dreams and exploding, dreams are unstable and dangerous. He begins to exhibit other symptoms that are consistent with the other explosion victims, including binge eating and impotence.
George lives a comfortable yet completely uneventful life, and when he starts having dreams in which he’s the first president of the United States, his doctor informs him that they could be signs of impending explosion. Later, as the dreams become more frequent and his co-workers continue to detonate, George is prompted to reevaluate his mundane existence