Let go of the finite. Gain the infinite.
The Shimmering describes the life of Lucien Leben as his world begins to shift and transform. As a child he was belittled and disempowered by his parents, and an as adult he amasses wealth and power to compensate for these feelings of powerlessness. However, we meet him at a time when all sense of security begins to fall away. He is losing his company and with it everything that makes him feel in control. From one perspective he is a victim of circumstance, but he is asked repeatedly to look for another view. The characters he encounters challenge him to see beyond his own understanding of life, an understanding that has been molded for him through social norms and entrenched power structures.
At the same time, humanity as a whole is awakening, and people are beginning to look at themselves, to face the dark and forgotten places within where the rejected self lives. Those with the courage to see experience the beauty beneath the veil. Others find themselves trapped in the maze of their own minds, and a pandemic of consciousness emerges.
As the story progresses we watch Lucien interact with a myriad of characters, each standing to influence his beliefs about himself and his world. He begins his journey as the quintessential self-centered guy we love to hate who is forced to question the value of his long cherished beliefs about his world and his place in it.