So far in the book Proxy, the introduced characters are Knox, Syd, and "Tom Sawyer". "Tom Sawyer" is an orphan and a refugee. The system is renames orphans from a database, which pretty much makes a new person. Unfortunately doing all that puts the orphan in debt, 18 years of debt. Civilization isn't free in this book, when you owe debt you are a proxy. A Proxy to the patrons, a Patron owned the debt and proxies took their punishments. Syd has the worst patron of them all, which happens to be Knox. Syd is now about to be punished and he doesn't know why yet. So far I am really enjoying Proxy and look forward to finishing it.