Days before facsimiles, artificial humans, may gain their civil rights, someone starts killing them live on talk TV. On the case is driven cop Joe Caine and his female facsimile partner Chevy, named for the defunct car company. At stake is the future of the human race.
Synopsis:Logline: When a hard-charging cop and a beautiful, tough female ‘human facsimile’ are paired to go after a ‘serial killer’ who is destroying artificial humans on the eve of their emancipation, disdain becomes passion and a terrible secret is exposed.
Synopsis: In 2095 the human population is dwindling due to rampant sexually transmitted diseases that are immune to antibiotics. People don’t have sex anymore — at least, not with each other.
Artificial humans called ‘facsimiles’ now function at every level of society, from piloting aircraft and performing surgery to providing safe sexual services. So human-like are these faxes that a movement to give them suffrage is gaining popularity.
Adding fuel to the movement is a serial killer who has begun murdering facsimiles live, on talk-tv. When the ‘steel dicks’, the facsimile police, fail to capture the killer, human cops are returned to the street, in particular controversial JOE CAINE, a notoriously violent cop just returned from sick leave. He reluctantly agrees to accept as his partner CHEVY, a beautiful fax named for the defunct car company.
Chevy warns Caine up front that she won’t allow him to harm the ‘murderer’. The ‘Asimov Rule’ which constrains facsimiles from hurting people ensures that she act to defend the suspect, should he need defense.
Caine blackmails LITTLE CAESAR, a midget pimp passing faxes off as real whores, to help find the killer. Caine figures the perpetrator started ‘killing’ cruder mechanical whores and worked his way up to Qs, the highest form of facsimile.
Chevy’s undeniable ‘humanity’ and beauty are too great for Caine to ignore. Joe and Chevy become lovers. Joe hasn’t been with a woman since DIGS killed his wife. Chevy’s compassion brings him to an epiphany — faxes really are human.
Caine and Chevy pursue the killer through the filthy basement of Los Angeles, a hardscape Jack Webb would recognize, and a rendezvous with proof of a vast conspiracy, and an even more startling secret — the truth about faxes.