In a modern Alternative Universe, Shrignold Lovecchio is desperate, looking for a soulmate. Even though his Lord Malcolm promises him a special one, he shall only find him "when the time is right".
In order to rejuvenate his Cult's knowledge, the young man is defied by his Lord to spend an year on the outside world, living as a "normal" person.
On the other hand, Colin "the Computer" Silver has had enough of human interaction, even though he just moved in to a new city.
Unfortunately, he somehow has to communicate with an actual human being after hitting him with is bike. Shrignold Lovecchio. Having the etiquette rules forced upon him, Colin sees himself obligated to somehow make up to him.
And that's how it starts. But don't think that would be the end. They wish that would have been it.
P.S.: The characters are humanized.