Merge: Raleigh loved Nicci but she left him heartbroken. Then he hit the lotto for $26 million, quit his job, and began reading the entire collection of lectures in the Popular Educator Library. On the eighth volume, he notices something in his apartment that at first seems ordinary - but isn't. This entity shows Raleigh joy beyond the comforts of $26 million dollars...and merges our world with those beyond. Disciple: Hogarth is working a dead-end job; content with television, the internet, and video games. That changes when he receives a message on his computer from a man who calls himself Bron. At first he thinks it's a joke, but in a matter of days Hogarth goes from a data entry clerk to head of a corporation, and ends up in a battle threatening the prime life force on Earth.