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To be in the system, one must have the liberty to choose your people and if you can't do so, the system suffocates you.
An EC spokesman added: "In the last decade the lake has been invaded by Lagarosiphon that suffocates the lake's ecosystem by creating a dense canopy impervious to light.
He persuades her to take part in the kidnapping of a little boy, whom he suffocates, and threatens to kill her newborn baby unless she takes the fall.