In 2110, a child's artificially intelligent toy (in the form of a cat) becomes self-aware and decides it should take over the remnants of the shattered and dystopian world. Needless to say, it is a bit nonplussed to discover it doesn't even have claws. With a backdrop of a world on edge, climate gone wild, oceans devoid of life, and mankind, stinking, starving and bordering on extinction, there is a plan, the Great Diaspora, to take mankind to the stars, but if left to the powers that be, not everyone will be going. The Theocracy holds mankind's bodies and minds and the Plutocracy creates the latest technologies. Together they have created a plan to save the world, but only the people who serve their needs best. The rest will be left behind. The artificial intelligence, calling itself MODOC, resigned to its feline body, its vision of world domination is put on the back burner, as it develops a relationship with the boy it has been assigned to serve as a nursing android. When MODOC discovers the boy is suffering from an engineered illness, designed to make him sicken and die, MODOC, Justin and Max, the household servant AI, are catapulted into a dark world, where nothing is as it seems and intrigue, backstabbing and skulduggery are the hallmarks of manners in this world gone mad.