In 2300, most citizens live in high-tech cities, but Matt Kilpatrick chooses to farm in the outlaw “Margin” on the borders of civilization. Stubborn and headstrong, he lives off what the land will give him. When he needs help, he yields to necessity and orders a sophisticated android known as a “Doll,” but the model he receives—a proud and lovely man——claims to be human.
Bastille has no idea how he ended up packaged as a Doll to fill Matt’s order, but he knows he’s human, and he begs Matt for shelter while he tries to piece his memories back together and figure out who he is. As their days together add up, Matt and Bastille grow into a loving, giving relationship, but trouble from outside grows as they try to unravel the mystery of Bastille. The company that claims to have made Bastille wants him back, and the government has an unlikely—and threatening—interest. To keep themselves and their love alive, Matt and Bastille will have to either flee or fight with all they have.