In 2080, a robotic child, Oshton, is begotten, and is forced to stay behind on earth as the rest of the robotic humans head into space, to seek their destiny among the stars.
The civilization of the carnate, or fleshy, humans crumbles around Oshton, taking billions of lives with it, and Oshton spends the next four and a half centuries helping the survivors build a humbler and gentler one.
Then a king arises who is using the powerful technologies of the past to make war and build an empire. Oshton tries to discover how these technologies, thought to have been utterly lost, have reappeared, and comes face to face with the powerful demon driving this revolution.
Where can Oshton find allies against such a foe when all the Godfearing people have been slaughtered or driven from the land?