Beneath the factory floor lives an orphaned girl named Veda. Watched over by the diligent Assembly, a robot that works the production line, Veda discovers a unique power--she can speak to machines! Under the tutelage of Assembly, she learns the three laws of the machines. . . But it's the unspoken secret fourth law--avoid the Gremlin, that's piqued young Veda's interest and leads her down a dangerous and compromising path on her journey of self-discovery.