Charon is dead, and though General Wharington's team has deleted all the electronic copies of him, one problem remains: Alpha. Indistinguishable from a woman, Alpha has superhuman capabilities and Wharington's superiors want her dismantled and studied but he believes her behavior is becoming more human. Is she developing emotions, or just learning to counterfeit them?
Two men, living very different lives, are forced to become unlikely partners: one, a corporate consultant mourning the murder of his new bride; the other, a former CIA agent known only as Pilgrim. When they are thrown together in a violent, unexpected event, they realize that they’ve been framed in an elaborate setup. Unsure who to trust, they have no choice but to work together.
The shipwrecked stranger washed up on the beach near Samantha's home turns out to be a half-human experiment by the notorious criminal Charon, a practitioner of illegal robotics with evil plans. Samantha and the man seek help from Sunrise Alley, an underground organization of AIs that have gone rogue.