A hard-fisted young man learns at his girlfriend's hospital bedside that love is violence on a cosmic scale. Meanwhile, another lost soul gives up the fight and is forced to confront his losses when he meets his doppelgänger and, shortly thereafter, witnesses his murder. At the center of it all rises the Global Systems Tower, wherein the Great Composer sits and awaits a changing of the guard. Anarchy is at the gate. The Great Lies must keep us together. The center must hold. The Center Holds is novella told in three acts, united but by many degrees of separation.