What starts as an animal lab experiment leads, in the future, to the development of artificial beings capable of carrying out the most varied and complex of tasks. These totally human-looking beings are intelligent and versatile - they're capable of doing simple things like watering plants, laying the table, doing the laundry or feeding a pet. But that's not all. These beings are almost autonomous and can even talk or interact with us. They have been designed to be more than a perfect appliance; they can cater to what the customer wants them to be - they can be mere home helpers or a children's toy but they can also be sophisticated lovers or the perfect companion for lonesome people. Before being delivered to their customers, the manufacturer develops a kind of final quality control test, supervised by a technician, where certain skills (like learning the customer's language) are improved. This part of the process invariably occurs in a closed environment, usually a house with key characteristics of the customers home. Alpha is one of such artificial beings. He and Beta are a couple only a few weeks away from being shipped to their future owners in Japan.