This is a novel about love, about time, about meaning. About us as living beings as seen through a different pair of eyes. The body and soul that are, perhaps, not always separable. About mankind’s destiny — if we don’t mess it up.
Gatc’hh’en is not of this Earth. He is part machine, part living being. 1000 years ago, he began to learn the ways of humanity, and in 15th Century France, he fell in love with Catherine, who was later burned at the stake for witchcraft because of her association with him. He retreats to the outer reaches of the solar system to nurse his guilt. Six hundred years later he returns, now cynical and half mad. Determined, and to get Catherine back, he selects Emily, a woman who is near death, and genetically modifies her into the woman he remembers as Catherine. Emily loves her beautiful body, and her new lease on life, but as she and Gatc’hh’en soon discover, there is a steep and unexpected price to pay. What you think might happen does not, and nor can it.