Multiple story-lines begin to unfold in episode 1, as mundane life mixes with science fiction, crime noir and supernatural elements, making it clear that Carbon a city unlike any other.
Hemingway is a struggling private eye looking for his big break. Savannah is a "Seer" (a person with psychic abilities) who is struggling with her dependence on the drug known as "PSI." Daniel, a retired Carbon detective, and his wife, Arie, are trying (unsuccessfully) to become pregnant. Powell is dreading her 30th birthday. Tarin is the newly-elected governor who intends to make life for "Seers" in Carbon extremely unpleasant. Magnolia is a little girl who is going to be kidnapped...but not yet.