Cara Raymond (Juliet Mills) is inspecting a mining outpost on a hostile alien world for a big company. The outpost is manned by Sebastian, a man who was dying of an incurable disease. The company offers to bioengineer anyone who is dying, wipe their memories, and give them a second chance at life. Only, under the law, the bioeningeered people are not considered human any more, and are put to work on unbearably hot planets with poisonous atmospheres (where they are the only beings who can live there without a spacesuit). Raymond demands that Sebastian get his mining quota back on schedule, but Sebastian says he's hearing alien voices. She warns him that if the project is shut down, the company has the right to kill him. Sebastian and Cara debate the importance of life, work, friendship, and belonging. He accuses Cara of being less than human herself due to her obsessive dedication to her work. Sebastian also harbors a deeper secret, one which involves Cara.