Immortality. For Havall 16, it's a fate worse than death.
Havall 16 travels back in time to today's world to warn Tommy Canada that the medical technology he is creating is a really bad idea.
Havall 16 comes back in time to warn Tommy Canada not to take his fledgling biotech company public., or else society will be cleaved into two factions: the Havalls — who are young, rich and can live forever — and the Havenots. Tommy has created a nanotechnology that heals people from the inside out. Faced with turning his back on wealth and fame, Tommy must consider his personal goals versus those of society.
Havall 16 asks him, “If you could go back in time and kill Hitler when he was a baby, would you? Kill an innocent to spare millions in the future?” You might, she says, have to kill before you ever become the richest man on earth, before you can solve humans’ greatest fear: dying.
Convincing his partner, Win Gault, who owns fifty percent of the company, presents another problem. The future Havalls know Havall 16 has gone back in time to prevent the creation of this technology and they have a plan to deal with her and Win.
Will she or Tommy have to kill? The future is plastic she reminds Tommy. One thing is certain though, as Tommy’s buddy reminds him. We weren’t designed to live forever.
Havall 16 taps into our deepest fears of death and dying as well as global warming and our very current fears of income and medical inequality — a future where some have it all and most have not.