It is the year 2055, and the battle of the sexes has seven combatants rather than two. “The illusion of empathy” has been dispensed with, and a few idealistic souls try to create a utopia with pirated technology.
But a wired journalist, Andrew Worth, doesn’t want any part of the pop “Frankenscience” regularly dished out to the masses. Burned-out after completing a documentary on controversial developments in biotechnology, he turns down a chance to report on a baffling new mental disorder known as Distress and instead takes an assignment covering the Einstein Centenary Conference on the artificial island of Stateless. There, a young South African physicist, Violet Mosala, is expected to unveil her candidate for a Theory of Everything.