THE NEAR FUTURE Doctor Sydney Betancourt has achieved the impossible the first robot indistinguishable from a human. But as she reveals her creation to the world she finds that not everyone approves of what she s done. Some are even willing to kill her for it. THE FAR FUTURE S-1D, an automaton in a city of robots, has lived for a long time. But it s about to be confronted by something it believes to be impossible a lone girl wandering the wilderness, in spite of the fact that humans have supposedly been extinct for three hundred years. Across time, their two stories are tied together. As Dr. Betancourt investigates the plot against her and S-1D confronts the solitary human, they will each find their destinies linked in ways that neither one will fully understand until the end.