When what's virtual becomes real and vice versa.
Real life revolves around compromise for Mark Weir. He lives with his partner, the long-suffering Katie, but dreams of Violet. Then, one day, he hears Violet has lost her short-term memory in a car accident and now spends the majority of her time in the virtual world of Second Life. Mark creates himself an avatar, Bysshe, who, without him quite willing it, becomes female. Together Mark and Bysshe set off together into this new dimension in pursuit of lost love. Frustrated however by their failure to track down Violet, they hire a virtual private detective to find her. Tobias Hives charges $20,000 in Second Life currency for his services but does his job. Violet’s avatar is called Alaya Twine.
Alaya Twine spends her time in a roleplaying underworld known as Gor. Here, torture, rape, bondage, slavery and male supremacy are dramatised with relish through the costumed avatars and their animations.
When Mark finds himself face to face with Violet after seven years of estrangement he is a female slave and she is the prisoner of a woman with SS boots and a whip with whom she is engaging in cybersex. He makes the decision not to reveal his true identity.