Benevolent billionaire Justin Wolfe establishes an autonomous economic experiment on a farm near Savannah, Georgia. The theory: give people the means to advance in life through daily direct deposits and even the formerly homeless can become entrepreneurs who contribute meaningfully to society.
Wolfe tasks economics whiz kid Evan White to roll out an advanced economic system that creates a higher standard of living than most citizens in neighboring Savannah enjoy. All this from the entrepreneurial spirit of homeless people bussed in from around the country.
The farm gets national attention as a 60 Minutes crew shows up to report on the farm. Tensions rise as Justin clashes with his tech billionaire friend Elliot Larson and Federal Reserve Banker Lloyd Blankfein at a Jekyll Island party. The ensuing bad press puts the farm under increasing pressure by those who do not want it to succeed.
“Resources while abundant do not make it to a vast number of people. And for many, the economy is a members-only system they do not get access to. Life is naturally inclusive. All it takes is life. And yet a vast number of people are left out of modern society. America’s promise of equal opportunity is a lie for people without money. I am Justin Wolfe and I believe that the economy can take care of the poor, which frees up the government to pay down its debt. This farm will prove that our economy needs to evolve if we are going to transition into a sustainable future.”
This is a spellbinding story with remarkable characters: the disheveled potpourri of humanity’s lost souls who are America’s homeless; the turbulent young technology billionaire; the hapless recluse who runs the janitorial services on the farm; the young and profane farmer’s daughter whose cooking brings the farm to life; the uproariously funny Pete Smiley; the devilishly arrogant Elliot Larson; the carefree movie theater entrepreneur; the hard working members of the farm; and Muna, an Ethiopian immigrant who became homeless before turning bread into a business. These and other members of the farm just outside Savannah act as a strange ensemble, with alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive on a farm where anybody can find an opportunity to make their life better.