Portia is a synth, a synthetic human being. The only organic, non-manufactured parts are her brain and spinal column. She was designed to be an exotic dancer, and until she pays off the cost of her creation, she's no better than an indentured servant. Except things keep happening. She remembers things her vat-grown brain shouldn't remember, and she has vivid nightmares that leave her terrified. There is a dirty business going on, and maybe she isn't who everyone says she is.