Another mammal is on the sidewalk, a thriving rat dragging a piece of pizza. A woman screams while a nearby man marvels at the creature. “How much food is being thrown away to support thirty million of these mammals? Why are they throwing food away while so many Homo sapiens go hungry?” He snaps a picture of the rat and asks, “Is that pepperoni? I love pepperoni.” This chaotic meeting leads to an unlikely friendship between the man, the woman, and her son.
Grace is a physicist, brilliant, beautiful, tasked with calculating entry paths of titan missile warheads—and filled with worry for her autistic son. Androgynous, eccentric Bob doesn’t care what Grace looks like. He makes Grace feel like he’s not looking at her, but into her. He asks unusual questions that make her take a deeper look at her life, “Does your job make you feel hopeful?”
Jack, eleven, is uncoordinated, autistic, genius, and afraid he’ll never have friends. Bob sees Jack’s quirks as gifts and recognizes in him the potential to do anything, the future we could have if more people were like him. He takes the time to listen to Jack’s endless questions and answers them patiently.
But soon others start asking their own questions about Bob, and there’s a very real chance the world isn’t ready to learn the answers. Can these three unlikely friends convince the world to accept the truth and save us all? Or will they push us over the brink?