David Scott grew up in a wealthy family. As a teenager, he became bored with his status and privilege, joined a gang of other kids in his affluent neighborhood who felt the same. They were responsible for violence and atrocities that most wouldn't associate with rich kids. Finding himself as the leader of his group also made him a target for someone more power hungry for the position - His "friend" shooting him in cold blood and left barely hanging on to life.
The stay in the hospital gave the young man a long time to think about where his life was heading, realizing that if he kept on the path he was traveling, one of his "friends" would succeed at killing him. It was the catalyst for him to make profound changes in his life. When he was released from his convalescence he applied himself in school, made constructive choices for his pastimes, and in less than two years went from an underachiever to a college scholarship winner.
Despite these changes to his life, his was a constant battle with the violent side of his nature. In times of stress, it became harder to control those tendencies.
It was exactly what Cortez needed when he was creating his mutant mercenary
Captured by Cortez, experimented on illegally, David became the gemue "Tigershark." His body had been radically altered - his memory wiped clean and a new persona inserted. Tigershark worked as Cortez's mercenary for nearly a year, tying up loose ends that his boss couldn't be associated with legally.
It wasn't until Tigershark was assigned to track and kill an "information saboteur," Angelina Cortez, that he began to see chinks in that programming. Memories of a life he couldn't remember kept intruding on what he thought was his reality. With Angelina's help he was able to buck the programming and fight free of Cortez's influence - restoring David to his rightful place as the owner of that body.
Having given up his Mercenary ways, David became an advocate for gemue equality in a world that treats them worse than many of the minority groups in the history of the United States. He and Angelina are assigned to find out why gemues are popping up in the populations that can spread what they are - and stop it before it becomes public knowledge.
Once the humans know what is going on, gemue persecution will become violent - and eventually could lead to a civil war between the two genus of humans.
David can't allow that
Angelina had plans of escaping the detritus of her family life by going to college and then moving away from New Fresno. Her father's business had been absorbed by her uncle, and her mother wasn't taking it well - still pretending their small corner of the Cortez family still had money to burn.
The best laid plans
She ended up stuck in New Fresno after graduating college, taking on small jobs here and there and hoping to find something bigger. When she ran into David Scott again, despite their college rivalry, she was happy to have found a familiar face. Their chat over lunch laid the foundation for a budding romance, and gave Angelina what she thought was the opportunity she was looking for.
David convinced her to join "The Movement" an anti-monopoly watchdog group. Their job was to ferret out information about illegal dealings within some of the largest megaglomerates in the area - and the two of them were very good at their job.
Then they were assigned to get the dirt on her uncle - Marlin Cortez.
Angelina escaped the experimentation before they had a chance to complete it, but not without damage done. She lost David - presumably killed - her body had been bleached white, and she was on the Lam from her uncle's personal army. Worse, their experimentation awakens a latent telepathy in her that has her hearing every thought around her -without training or controls over it. As bad as all that was, it only got worse when a gemue began tracking her - with the intent to kill her. Imagine her surprise and horror when she suspects the creature is her fiancée - radically changed and with no memory of their shared history
David credits her for returning him control of his own body - his own future. That didn't mean that Angelina's dream of picking up where they left off before Cortez was realized. She began to doubt whether they would work as a couple and shunned him - fearful of her "friends" reaction to David's radically changed physical appearance. Rightfully, he told her where she could shove her attitude
While she regretted the choice, she was too proud to admit her fault and apologize to him. For nine months he would have nothing to do with her - or her with him. But when her body began to mutate once again, she knew of nowhere else to turn. It has been a long tough five years for the both of them, but, somehow, they managed not only to become friends again, but re-established a love that never truly died.
Now the two of them have a different purpose - and it is being threatened by this mutagenic virus