We'd like to introduce you to a guy called Stark... Oh, and by the way, good luck...
Stark is the hero the future is waiting for - God help it - smart, cool, and with great taste in shirts. He's a trouble-shooter in The City, a lawless sprawl of Neighbourhoods which covers the country from coast to coast. Each AI-enhanced Neighbourhood is totally dedicated to fulfilling the desires of its inhabitants - whatever they may be.
Stark accepts a job from Zenda Renn, the human face of the can-do Action Centre - the Neighbourhood for people who have to be doing something all the time. She's under-supervisor of Really Hustling Things Along, in the Department of Doing Things Especially Quickly - and she's got a big problem...
Stark is forced to confront both his past and a present which has become a living death - for at the heart of Only Forward's polymorphic imagination lies a story of love lost and friendship betrayed. It takes him to places where dreams live, where they can come true, for better or for worse. Where they can kill you.
In a world where past and future, reality and nightmare meet up and have a fistfight, Stark is the only man who can make the difference. Time's running out, and there's no going back... only forward.