When a homeless boy meets an ace hacker…
Twelve-year-old Jack Horwood has run from the pimp his mother sold him to, preferring to take his chances on the streets. A house with a cheerful, red door—and a classic convertible out front—prompts him into a spot of breaking and entering, and soon he has a warm, dry basement to squat in. Until the owner of the house, Jamaican hacker Rio Palmer, discovers his hideout.
Rio offers Jack a safe place to stay. Jack doesn’t believe a word the man says. He runs, but Rio can’t forget the youngster who is scared and vulnerable, and stronger than many men Rio has met.
Finding Jack is a tiny challenge. Teaching him to trust is like climbing a mountain. But when faced with a true zero and its power, Rio can do nothing else.
An earlier version of this story was published as part of the Kickass Anthology, to help raise funds for Eric Arvin and his family. The Power of Zero has since been given an edit and a substantial extension. All profits from the sale of this book go to the Albert Kennedy Trust, which supports LGBT youngsters who are homeless or in danger, and the Banbury Young Homelessness Project, which helps homeless young people in Oxfordshire.