State-issued care model Synths are customarily upgraded on two-year cycles. At six years old, Odi is obsolete, decrepit and on the verge of total system failure. He needs to be scrapped. But his owner, Dr. George Millican, can't let him go. He and his late wife got Odi when they were both recovering from illness – George recovered, his wife didn't. Now Odi – whose multiple faults make him a safety risk, but also give him an eccentric charm – is all George has left of his wife. Odi can't return George's feelings – he can barely make a slice of toast – but the lonely widower can't let this repository of valuable memories go. No matter how leaky.