In a future where implants display a continuous stream of augmented reality, determining what we can and can't see or hear, what is real and what is virtual has become blurred. Thus, when a computer virus starts to delete people from the system, they become physically invisible to everyone around them. Georgie, formerly deaf and blind, is recruited to a secret agency to round up the infected, known as Ghosts, and stop the spread of the virus...before it leads to total social chaos.
A mysterious software bug is moving unchecked through the network. It is infecting people’s NSIs, seemingly at random. People are being deleted from the system, becoming invisible to the NSIs that veil the real world. And since everyone has NSIs, the infected are invisible to the people around them - friends, family, and strangers. Everyone. They have become Ghosts, their existence only known through their actions: a car moving without a driver, a cup that seems to float in the air.
A small number of people infected by the bug are not deleted from the system. Instead their connection to the network is merely severed so that they have no access to the images and sounds of the network. They are unplugged, blind to the heads up displays and real time reporting that others see. However, because their NSIs have been shut down, what they see is not filtered. They see the world without the veil. They are thus able to see the Ghosts, while themselves remaining visible to the uninfected. These people are called Seers.
To deal with the dangers presented by this looming electronic epidemic, government and industry assemble teams to get ahead of the crisis and reverse it. On the streets Seers are deployed to find and round up the infected. They are then taken to one of a series of sanatoriums set up around the country in the hopes that this will isolate the bug as researchers race against time to try and discover its source and how to cure it.
They will soon discover that this is no random software bug. It is a human-made virus but created by whom?
The show will be edgy and gritty, like Children of Men, Monsters or District 9. The handheld grittiness of the aesthetic will give a sense of visceral immediacy. But the show will also not shy away from the “big questions of our time” that it is posing - what does it mean to be human when we are increasingly augmented by technology? In a world that is increasingly viewed through the veil of virtual reality, what is real and what is image? And can that veil ultimately hide from us the true crises that populate our world - climate change, terrorism, war, and poverty. Are we willingly blinding ourselves and what will it take to wake us up? Similarly, we want to throw ourselves into one of the great modern debates: the relationship between science, religion and truth. In the world of Veil it will often be the reverse of what we expect - the scientific, rational discourse will hide an irrational core, whereas the language of the mystical will contain a deeper truth, perhaps cloaked to make it more digestible and comprehensible to the uninitiated.