In the middle of the 21st century, global warming has caused the polar
ice-caps to melt. As the water levels rise, the amount of inhabitable land
has been reduced alarmingly. People trapped in over-populated floating
cities have to live by strict rules aimed at dealing with the population
crisis: each couple is permitted only one child.
Henry and Monica Swinton have just lost their son. Following an
incurable disease, he has been cryogenized while his parents wait for a
solution to be found. Now that they are alone, the Swintons decide to adopt
a child. The law is the same for everybody, one and only one child, but
technology offers new possibilities... And so the Swintons adopt David, eleven
years old, brown-haired and blue-eyed... He looks like any other boy of his
age. But despite his human appearance, David has been created artificially.
Programmed to love his adopted parents and capable of emotions, David is
unable to make himself loved by Monica, who he considers nonetheless to be
his true mother. Despite her efforts, Monica can not forget her daughter
and can only see Davidís inhumanity. This is the beginning of Davidís
journey of initiation to find what will make him human.