Lauren Greene, her dog Sankō, and the young artificial intelligence she recently befriended have left Detroit and have ventured north to Flat City, Alaska. As Lauren attempts to restart her life, she's confronted with the frustrations of trying to make ends meet in a tough economy. At the same time, she's forced to keep a very low profile in order to safe guard the artificial intelligence from the grasp of the people who want it back...at any cost.
As she does her best to balance all of this, Lauren is confronted by her own loneliness. She left Detroit partly to keep her friends safe, but without them, she's lost. When the possibility comes up to befriend new people, Lauren has to make a choice: does she let her barriers down and take a chance, potentially risking everyone's safety? Or does she keep everyone at arm's length, keeping them safe, but driving them away?