Decades into our
future, a stone's throw from the ancient city of Shanghai, a
brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has
just broken the rigorous moral code of his tribe, the powerful
He's made an
illicit copy of a state-of-the-art interactive device called A
Young Lady's Illustrated Primer.
an eccentric duke for his grandchild, stolen for Hackworth's own
daughter, the Primer's purpose is to educate and raise a girl
capable of thinking for herself.
It performs its
function superbly. Unfortunately for Hackworth, his smuggled
copy has fallen into the wrong hands.