Into the real-world, from a box delivered to a third-floor London flat, Dorothea emerges. But Dorothea is illegal. She's based on spydroid technology that uses advanced AI and human-real physiology to create a droid that appears and acts like a human.
Andy, technician and corporate minion, works for Techdomestic, a technology corporation that issues a consumer product review magazine. Exclusives are like gold dust and a scoop on the much anticipated, next-generation droid would not only bring the company kudos, but support their goal for droid deregulation.
Andy has one weekend to do the assessment. Secrecy is paramount; when he's done, he must completely erase Dorothea - her character, her memories, her profile - and have her ‘shell’ ready for Monday morning uplift. The review will be leaked, no one’s to know she ever existed.
But Andy struggles. Gut instinct and emotion get in the way of 'rational' decisions. Just keeping her confined to his flat is a major problem. Andy is being torn apart. On one side he's up against total surveillance, a harsh regulatory regime and his paranoid, career-fixated boss, and on the other side he has himself, Andy, his feelings, his belief in justice, and a deep sense of responsibility for the being he has brought into existence. Should he save his own neck and erase Dorothea or become part of a system that tramples every value, quality and ambition in its relentless pursuit of money?
Innocence and Ice is a full-length novel (in print form approx. 380 pages)