Title: The Water Thief
Author: Nicholas Lamar Soutter
Release Date: April 2012
Reminiscent of the literary classic 1984, Nicholas Lamar Soutter’s The Water Thief, delives into a futuristic society where corporations own everything, even the air we breathe.
Charles Thatcher is a perception manager for Ackerman Brothers Securities Corporation, which owns him as private property. Aside from that, he is facing a growing list of problems. The cost of air is going up, his wife wants to sell herself to another corporation, and his colleagues are always trying to get him tossed into the lye vats.
But when Charles discovers a woman stealing rainwater, he sees an opportunity to move up in the world, maybe even to become an executive. He not only turns her in but creates an exaggerated report, spinning the woman as a seditionist and revolutionary. When she vanishes, he is overcome with guilt and decides to track her down. He eventually meets up with Kate, a friend of the woman he turned in, and realizes that his report may have been correct and faces the reality of stumbling on a larger, subversive organization.