An eighteen year-old computer hacker who works for a small company in California that builds file-sharing programs and that is also contracted by the United States Pentagon to perform various hacks. In order to settle a bet about whether or not the tightrope walker will fall, the group hacks telephone lines so that they can make calls to payphones within a close radius to the Towers and ask pedestrians to tell them what is happening. The Kid is quiet and shy and merely listens as the rest of the group talks to the people in New York. Eventually, though, he breaks his silence to speak to a woman on the other end of the payphone named Sable, to whom he finds himself attracted.
The timeline below shows where the character Sam Peters (“The Kid”) appears in Let the Great World Spin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book Two, Chapter 6: Etherwest
...in California, where four computer programmers are hacking the public telephone network in New York. Sam Peters , otherwise known as “The Kid,” explains that Compton—another programmer—got a message on the ARPANET... (full context)