The 20th century saw the creation of colossal wealth and exploding economies, but the days of industry providing mass employment are over. We are moving from a mass labor force to an elite corps concentrated in the knowledge sector. Will this change result in a sort of economic apartheid in which a third of humanity is made redundant? This film shows how the economic, living, and working situations are deteriorating for the people in Canada, France, and Mexico. Viewers also hear from experts such as Vivianne Forrester, author of The Economic Horror; Jeremy Rifkin, American economist and author of The End of Work; sociologist Ricardo Petrella; Ignacio Ramonet, editor in chief of Le Monde diplomatique; and Jacques Attali, author of Dictionary of the 21st Century and former president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. They have no illusions - they think the 21st century is getting off to a very bad start.