Multi-billionaire philanthropist Hugh Darrow is a strong proponent of human augmentation: the use of technology to increase a person's physical and mental capability. As such, he supports his friend David Sarif and his augmentation company, Sarif Industries. His latest pursuit is the giant Panchaea installation in the Arctic, whose purpose is to combat the effects of global warming. To prove a point, he chiefly employs augmented workers in Panchaea's construction.
When the conflict of pro-augmentation and anti-augmentation comes to a head, Sarif calls on Darrow to step in, and together Sarif and Darrow plan to prove to the world that augmentation is the right direction for humanity.